Today’s post comes to you from new PLL Contributor Jennifer Ahearn.
Jenn and I have worked together for, no joke, 20 years. At two different jobs. Now, writing Penelope together means we’re doing it a third time. Jenn is a brilliant, sweet mom of twin boys. Yes: twin boys, now 12 years old. She survived. She’s a Mama Survivor.
Jenn is often considered the other half of my brain: where I’m emotional, she’s analytical. Where I’m decisive and quick, she’s thoughtful and smart. She’s the yin to my professional yang and I am so glad she’s joined me for yet another venture. I know you’re going to love her.
Are you ready for another shot of me snuggling with a gorgeous woman? Here you go. Behold, Jennifer, the hot mama on the right.
I wanted Jenn to write today’s post because she’s one of the fittest Penelopes I know, and she largely accomplishes that in just 7 minutes a day. (Because I know you love things that take just 7 minutes.) I’ll let her tell you how.
- “I don’t have time to work out.”
- “I hate working out.”
- “I’m not ready to join a gym. They tap into my germophobia. And I hate all those mirrors.”
- “Working out is boring.”
- “I don’t want to buy any equipment.”
- “It’s too hot/cold/rainy/snowy to run.”
- “I. Don’t Have. Time.”
Yep. I get it. And for all of these I say: Do the 7-minute workout.
This workout changed everything for me. It’s so short that it’s hard for me to tell myself I don’t have time for it….nevertheless I do sometimes think “Eh, I don’t have time”…but then I’m embarrassed to even have had that thought. I mean, really. It’s just SEVEN MINUTES.
The moves are things you probably know how to do: jumping jacks, squats, plank. Take it slow the first time, but once you’ve figured out the moves, you should be aiming to go all-out for those 30 seconds of exercise.
I’ll admit that when I first started doing this, even 30 seconds was a serious challenge for some of these moves, but I was surprised at how quickly I improved. Even so, when I switch to each new move sometimes I have to think: “It’s only 30 seconds. I can do this for 30 seconds.”
I change it up a little. I do variations on plank. I happen to have a doorway pull-up bar, so I use that instead of doing the triceps dip on a chair. I don’t do crunches—I do seated ab contractions. (I don’t like lying down on my kitchen floor, though I don’t mind putting my hands on floor. I’m weird that way. Whatever.) At the end I like to finish strong with mountain-climbers instead of side plank.
There are a ton of apps for it, but I like this one best. I think it’s worth a few bucks—and when you get really into it, you can make the exercise intervals longer.
The app has a music function, but I found that I would derail myself (= waste time) by looking for the right music, so I just use this as a time to listen to the news. Sounds really dull, I know, but it keeps my mind occupied enough and makes me feel like I’m really getting more out of the time. If you like music, I just learned about this goofy song version.
There’s also a new/advanced version that includes weights. You can read about both versions in the New York Times.
This is high efficiency: small time investment, big reward. Right up your alley, I bet.
Give it a try and share your variations below.