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7 Minute WorkoutAugust 5, 2016 | Health

By Ashwini Prakash Chaudhari | Source Credit: GOQii

Most of us are busy these days with no time left in hand to do regular workouts or any other daily activities. What do you mean by workouts? Spending an hour in gym or doing something on your own to be fit and healthy.

I have seen many people doing workouts in gym and spending hours there but, is it really worth it?

Getting into shape does not require spending hours in gym, FAD diet plans or using state of the art equipment. In fact, our own bodyweight is all you need to effectively exercise and achieve the shape you want. Bodyweight training works and it is inexpensive and convenient too. Let’s not make Work pressure as our excuse and find out a time either in the morning or evening for just 7 min workout.

7 min workout is a high-intensity interval training workout that includes prolonged endurance training which provides many of the fitness benefits in much less time. It directly targets the overall fitness. It helps in increasing metabolic rate. While doing the workouts your body releases the endorphin which helps to reduce stress.

This workout does not require equipment and you can use your own body weight, a chair and a wall, etc.

To burn the most amount of fat in the shortest amount of time, the following moves are best-

  1. Jumping Jacks- This classic cardio move is a great way to warm up and it beneficial for heart and lungs. It improves strength and endurance, increases the metabolic rate and burns calories.
  2. Wall Sit- Who needs a chair when there’s a wall? Wall Sits are great in working out the two groups of muscles in your thigh. Repetitions of Wall Sits would naturally give you thighs that can withstand prolonged strenuous activities.
  3. Push Up – Doing Pushups allow you to provide a full body workout, allowing you to access many muscle groups at once. You can work the quads, hamstrings, calves, chest, shoulders and arms all at the same time with a few pushups. You will notice that performing push up reps regularly will help you get a more toned chest, shoulders, forearms, upper arms and wrists. It stimulates the metabolism and blood circulation, allowing you to burn more calories throughout the rest of your workout.
  4. Abdominal Crunch – Crunches works on the rectus abdomen muscle. It is mainly just a core working exercise and burns less calories comparatively but, they move in a controlled manner, flexing and releasing the core muscles thus helping to build the abs.
  5. Step up onto Chair – This exercise is great for targeting your quad and gluteus maximus muscles, giving you strong, powerful legs.
  6. Squat – Squat exercises are great for a total lower body workout. They effectively work most of the major muscle groups of the butt, hips and thighs. Squats are also a versatile exercise. Squats engage the core muscles of the body. The result is a tighter, flatter abdomen and a stronger lower back.
  7. Triceps dip on Chair – It is a triceps-strengthening and a most effective body-weight exercise. Dips target your triceps, the muscles on the back of your upper arm.
  8. Plank – The plank exercise helps to strengthen midsection, upper-body and lower-body muscles along the front of your body. Planks also strengthen inner core muscles that support your joints. It helps in reducing belly fat, reduce back pain. At a time, it works on all your core muscles.
  9. High Knees running in place – This is a nice warm-up. It is a great practice for runners and athletes to improve running form and develop lower body muscles. It also enhances your strength, speed, balance and flexibility. It provides you more energy, burns calories, builds muscles and enhances blood circulation.
  10. Lunges – The lunge is an easy-to-learn, safe and incredibly effective exercise. Lunges target the quadriceps, but involve additional muscles, including the glutes, hamstrings, calves and core muscles, making them an important exercise for toning the lower body.
  11. Push up and rotation – This exercise is great for building shoulder stabilization and strengthening your entire core. Don’t let your hips drop when you go into side rotation. Try to keep everything in a straight diagonal line throughout.
  12. Side Plank – It works your entire core, but particularly targets an often weak muscle called the quadratus lumborum. It helps to reduce risk for lower back pains. It improves your balance and structure.

The exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each with 10 seconds rest in between and proper warm up and stretching required.

Here you have to give only 7 minutes to your health which is equal to 0.5% of your day to your body and you are done with your workouts.

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