Is 7 Minutes All it Takes?

You know sometimes it seems like the entire world is lagging behind BodyRock and the Daily Hiit.  But back in May, the New York Times published an article called "The Scientific 7-minute Workout."  12 exercises, 30 seconds work, 10 seconds rest...now doesn't that sound familiar... Anyways, moving on, here's what the doctors had to say:
“There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time,” says Chris Jordan, the director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Fla., and co-author of the new article.
Work by scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and other institutions shows, for instance, that even a few minutes of training at an intensity approaching your maximum capacity produces molecular changes within muscles comparable to those of several hours of running or bike riding.  Which needless to say is freaking fantastic for those of us with busy schedules. The exercise order is incredibly important as they alternate with lower and upper body muscles, letting each group metaphorically catch their breath.  This is nothing new for us at the Daily Hiit.  Although our exercises hover around the 12-18 minute range with more cardio thrown in and some good old fashioned weights. What is great is that the science is supporting what we do here.  There isn't the need for paying for a gym membership to hope on the elliptical or stationary bike for hours.  There is also ZERO room for excuses.  7 minutes?  Who doesn't have that, ok...make it ten to get into the proper footwear. One of the best benefits of Hiit workouts is that it has removed that barrier between good training and those that can afford it and those that cannot.  So in a word, yes, 7 minutes is enough time to completely exercise your body and reap the rewards.  Just don't forget proper diet.

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