I know that I was going to do a series following the book Minimalism: live a meaningful life. I will pick that blog series back up next when I introduce something new on here as well. For your reading pleasure today, I give you some fresh content after a few weeks off.
420 seconds. It’s as simple as that. Often times I lament setting aside time to workout, I don’t want to take time out of my day to workout and see the man I want to be. Just like the picture above, sometimes you just have to get on the bull and go for a ride. I found a terrific app for my phone called 7 minute. The app uses HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) to increase cardiovascular function and aid weight loss. I have used it three times this week and after the end of the 8 minutes (an extra minute is due to the short rests between each workout) I am dripping sweat and breathing hard. More so tonight than previously because I pushed myself harder.
This week I have finally gotten back into working out after taking time off for a couple months due to injury. A few months ago, I had randomly injured my right shoulder muscles, that limited my range of motion to very minimal. At this time my plantar fasciitis also kicked back in which deterred my ability to exercise even more.
The app recommends doing the circuit at least 3 times. I am doing the circuit once currently, as I do it more and get my body back into the groove of exercising, then I will amp it up to 2-3 circuits. After being off for a few months, I cannot just jump into the 3 circuits and re-injure my body, I have to ease into it. But I had to jump on the bull into working out again and quit putting it off.
Seven minutes is all it takes, I am not working out for an hour, or running a mile; I am dripping sweat from seven minutes. It is pretty simple, start off with jumping jacks to get the heart rate going, then move into wall sit, squats, push ups, crunches, box steps, plank, lunges, push up with rotation, high knees, tricep dips, and side planks. In between each work out is a 10 second rest.
That’s it, so simple and I feel great afterwards. The hardest part, most of the time, is overcoming that mental barrier we have set up in our minds to prevent us from exercising. In this case it really is mind over matter, or mind over situation. Do I want to work out and get into the best shape of my life or would I rather continue catching up on my favorite TV shows? Those shows will still be online when I get done; however I will never get to my goal weight if I continue to sit on my duff.
How can I not work out when it is only eight minutes of my time? Anyone can find 8 minutes to do HIIT and start getting into their summer shape. If I ever want to see my abs and no long be the round shape I have been for most of my life then I have to continue to do this and push myself more each time. On top of this I also have to keep my eating habits in check.
Another app I have added is called ImQuit, which uses a timer that continuously counts up for how long you have resisted temptation. I currently have four timers, two are private and the other two are fast food and sweets. At the writing of this post I have avoided fast food for 1d:2h:40m and Sweets for 2h:41m. Let’s keep those timers going and keep up the good work.
Go out and feel the burn today nerds and would love to hear from you as to what you are doing to eat right, work out, and all around get into shape.