This post is a little bit belated, (as in, 6 months too late) but while I was in Europe, I decided to give myself a little challenge by doing a 7-minute workout for 7 days. Now, this doesn’t sound like a big deal, but bear in mind that I really hate exercise, and since moving to Japan, I’ve been making a lot of excuses with exercising. (My main excuse is, I’m not used to the seasons in Japan so I cannot exercise. There is no logic to this.)
If you haven’t heard of the 7-minute workout, it’s a workout that became pretty famous a couple of years back because, well, it’s only a 7-minute workout. This is a bit of a conjob though, because if you read it a little further, you’ll discover they recommend doing 2-3 sets of the 7-minute workout. Anyway, I figured I would start with just one set first.
I started the workout in Munich while I was on a trip in Europe. I never work out while I’m working, because I always feel like I don’t have enough time. I decided since I was on holiday, I had no excuses. Boy, was this workout terrible. After the fifth minute, I was huffing and puffing and ready to pass out. I persisted, but I was extremely happy to be done with it. 7 minutes is tough!
I might have over-exerted myself in Day 2, because my thighs were now extremely sore. We headed to Paris today, and at one point had to run to a train, which I found really, really terrible. My legs were so sore, plus I was wearing really tight jeans. Running had never been so uncomfortable in my life!
Woke up early. While my boyfriend went running around the Eiffel Tower, I stayed in and did my 7-minute workout. I felt productive, and smug. Smug that I was keeping through my exercise promise.
We now headed to Aachen, my boyfriend’s hometown. I always love being here because his family is really wonderful, and spending time there just feels like home. I felt extremely lazy to do my workout, though. My smug feeling had come in a little too fast. However, because I pushed through and went through the 7 minutes of torture. In the end, I felt pretty happy that I had persevered!
Because I was now feeling like I was a very fit person, I decided to do a little yoga morning routine with Tara Stiles (on YouTube). I quickly realized I was highly inflexible. I could hardly complete 20% of each move. After that, I proceeded to do my 7-minute workout. I really, really hate doing lunges.
I discovered the Advanced 7-Minute workout. My beginner heart dropped here. I thought I’d been doing very well, but then I discovered there were much worse workouts in store. This was also the day I discovered you’re also supposed to do 2 or 3 sets instead of 1. I was very displeased. Anyway, I did my daily routine of 7 minutes, not 14 or 21.
I didn’t do the workout today, but I went for a little run (3k) with my boyfriend and his dad. Boy, I am way less fit than his father. In the last kilometre, I was really huffing and puffing like a choo-choo train. My face was completely squinched up while my boyfriend and his dad yelled out encouragement to me. Because I’d gone running, I decided it was OK to skip the 7-minute workout.
Doing those 7 days were great, but once I came back from my holiday, I have to regretfully tell you that I tanked and completely went back to my lifestyle of not exercising. However, this is me making a public announcement that I’m going to go back to doing this! I’ll soon be writing a post of doing this while working, to see how I manage my time with it.
If you’re interested in the workout, check it out here. Let me know how it works for you! I’d love to hear your story of how you found it.
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