We all know that sleep and exercise are good for us. Now, brain science shows that good sleep and aerobic exercise make us not just healthier but literally smarter. So, we know more than ever what we should do and why we should do it, and yet often we don’t.
Well, I’ve found an app that helps with the exercise part. It’s called Seven and it’s based on the new science of high-intensity interval training. It turns out just seven minutes of exercise can be incredibly beneficial if done right. And who doesn’t have seven minutes?
The Seven app works by guiding you through a specific exercise for 30 seconds and then allowing you 10 seconds of rest to transition to the next exercise. While there are many different routines to help improve, for example, your upper body, your lower body, your core strength, etc., my favorite program is the “full body workout” and it’s free.
It starts with 30 seconds of jumping jacks to increase your heart rate, followed by a 30-second “wall sit” to burn your quads. This routine also features push-ups, the plank, and lunges. None of these require special equipment.
Perhaps the most creative exercises are the “triceps dip” and the “step up,” both of which involve creative use of a chair.
Best of all you can pick various personas to guide you through your chosen routine. You can work with the hippie (a dreamer who believes in you), the cheerleader (who was one
goal: to see you win), or a Kung-Fu master. These are great but my favorite is the drill sergeant (who breaks you down, to build you up). He has all sorts of motivational sayings including “Your phone is not going to do the work for you,” and “Your mother’s not here to help you.” Imagine if you will, in your best drill sergeant voice: “Suck that gut in.”
If by chance, by 8 PM, you’ve not yet found seven minutes to exercise, you’ll hear the drill sergeant’s annoying and surprisingly loud whistle. So, no excuses with this app.
Try it out. It’s just another valuable benefit of these amazing devices in our pockets. And everyone can find seven minutes for something this important.It turns out just seven minutes of exercise can be incredibly beneficial if done right. Click To Tweet