I am always looking for a quick way to stay fit when I travel. So I was happy to come across this Scientific 7 Minute Workout and the Advanced 7 Minute Workout in the New York Times recently. It is a series of high-intensity interval training exercises, similar to the ones I do three times a week in Bootcamp but instead of an hour it is done in a few minutes. There has been a lot of research of late reporting that seven minutes or so of relatively punishing training may produce greater gains than an hour of more gentle exercise. They are designed to increase endurance, squelch appetite, improve metabolic and cardiovascular health. The New York Times is offering a free mobile app that is a step-by-step guide to both 7-minute workouts. It has animated pictures similar to the ones below along audio and a great timer.
To download the app, on your phone, tablet or other device, go to nytimes.com/7minute-workout.
Scientific 7 Minute Workout
Advanced 7 Minute Workout
In addition whenever my Pilates clients are traveling, I instruct them to do the Pilates Five. They are the five Pilates moves that if done everyday will give you a flat tummy and strong core. These can be done in about 5 minutes.
The Roll Up
Single Leg Stretch
Double Leg Stretch