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The 7-Minute Workout

July 07, 2015

Not enough time in a day to exercise?

This is one of the main complaints people have when it comes to staying fit, said Jeff Garvin, senior health and fitness coordinator at the Baystate Health Employee Fitness Center.

Short but intense

Recent studies suggest that short exercise routines, even for just seven minutes, are as beneficial as long, intense workouts.

In order for shorter workouts to be effective, exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each, while the intensity should be an 8 on a discomfort scale of 1-10.

If you are looking to firm up, these seven minutes should be intense. The upside is, after the quick workout, you’re done.

Experts call this type of workout high intensity circuit training. Doing short exercise routines using large muscle groups creates an aerobic effect that is extremely effective at improving aerobic fitness, boosting metabolism, and burning body fat.

Stream workouts

You don't need a gym membership to try out an intense workout.

There are many websites and apps you can use to stream guided exercises. Some gyms also provide online resources for at-home workouts.