Regular exercise is important. It not only keeps us healthy but it processes the stresses that can arise in a churning world.
Exercise reconnects us with our bodies. It helps us to centre and ground. But how can we find the time to fit it into our busy lives?
John Ratey, psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School, says that “Even 10 minutes of activity changes your brain.”
If you don’t have 10 minutes, The New York Times has published The Scientific Seven Minute Workout, a series of exercises that require only a wall, a chair, and seven minutes to complete. The Advanced Seven Minute Workout provides an alternative for those who prefer to work with weights. A free app provides step-by-step instructions and timings for both.
If you find that seven minutes is too long (or too short) for you, the newspaper also offers alternatives lasting one minute, four minutes or ten. And you can try repeating cycles of 10, 20, and 30 seconds.
Exercise gets your blood pumping. It processes the stresses of the day. That keeps you healthy and helps you remain centred and grounded.
It doesn’t have to take long. Even if you think you’re too busy for exercise, The New York Times has the workout for you.
The Scientific 7-Minute Workout: