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Saturday 23 August 2014

Denise Calnan: Why I've given in to the seven-minute fitness craze

Denise Calnan

Published 27/01/2014 | 13:52

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'It was a free workout and it only took seven minutes out of my day'

I’m finding it very difficult to move today and I’m seriously regretting wearing my heeled boots.

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My legs are killing me, but in that smug ‘I’ve just worked out’ way.

No, it wasn’t a four-hour session with a €100-an-hour personal trainer, I wasn’t at some fancy boot-camp in an army barracks for the weekend and a cent didn’t leave my pocket to pay for the gym.

It was a free workout and it only took seven minutes out of my day.

I puffed on the living room floor, passing neighbours were treated to the silhouette of my jumping jacks through the window and I ended the workout in a heap on my own carpet.

I discovered ‘Seven’ while lying on the couch watching television with a cup of tea and bag of Maltesers at my side.

‘Seven’ is an app based on the seven-minute workout which featured in the New York Times magazine.

The app is free  and challenges you to a seven-minute workout for seven months with nothing but a chair, a wall and your own body weight.

The intense workout is based on scientific studies to provide the maximum benefit of working out regularly in the shortest time possible.

Two days later I still feel like I’ve just ran a marathon and then repeated it with intense push-ups and squats at five-minute intervals.

In an era when people’s main excuse for not keeping fit is a lack of time, Seven could be the answer.

And, for those with a competitive nature, there is more than just a fitness challenge. The pressure is on you to stick with it until the end.

Just like a video game, the app starts you off with three lives. Skip a day and lose a heart (ouch), but miss three workouts in one month and your progress resets to zero and it’s game over! The ultimate failure.

If you need motivation, don’ t worry, Ali the virtual trainer helps you through it.

She’s just an Australian accent encouraging you to 'keep it up' but I imagine her to be Cameron Diaz-esque in stature.

I’ll be honest, my own progress isn’t boding well. Despite advice to return to the living room floor with ‘Seven’ to get rid of the pain I’m experiencing, I have failed to do so.

But today it starts again.

Because let’s be honest, there’s nothing better at this time of year than the smug ‘I did exercise’ feeling.

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