Chia Girl: Family Fitness Month and the 7 Minute Workout App

Wellness 7-minute workoutDo you have seven minutes?  I know some days it really doesn’t feel like you have a spare seven seconds, but I bet you can scrape together seven minutes.  How about a wall?  I’m guessing you probably have at least four walls.  What about a chair?  Do you have one of those?

If you answered yes to all of those questions, then you may like a new FREE app I stumbled upon, the Johnson and Johnson 7 Minute Workout.   I saw this on the news yesterday, and after poking around with a little, I think it’s the real deal!  Right now it’s only available on Apple products, but beginning Tuesday January 21 Android users can join the party, too.

Here’s a snippet from Youtube:

Did I mention it’s free?  And a perfect way to celebrate National Family Fitness Month!

You guys probably already know I’m a big fan of family workouts, and most nights try to run or bike with my sons.  But part of running a company like Drink Chia involves travel.  I spend a lot of time in hotel rooms, often in less balmy climates than my home base of Central Florida.  And there are days I really don’t want to head to the hotel gym.

And that’s exactly why Orlando-based exercise physiologist Chris Jordan designed the 10 minute workout.  He tells us he actually devised this plan about 10 years ago, with corporate executives in mind.  He published a paper about the science of the work out in a fitness journal.  That’s when the New York Times picked up the story, and a flurry of 7 minute workout apps appeared.

But, he says, this app he designed with Johnson and Johnson offers something the rest do not.

“It will learn how you work out, how you respond to the workouts, whether you find them easy or difficult and help guide you into more efficient workouts.”

Before you begin, you select your ability level and motivation level.  Then the app designs your perfect work out.

You’ll find the basic workout, plus 12 additional pre-selected routines.  If you don’t like any of those, you can build your own.

Jordan says the goal is to start with small, sustainable habits to build a lifetime of health.

“I want this app to be good enough for my 74 year old mother or triathlete elder brother. And I think it is,” Jordan said.

Jordan suggests you start with the basic workout, with the eventual goal of completing two or three back-to-back circuits on non-consecutive days.

And if you’re like me and you day isn’t complete without some sweat, he says it isn’t meant in place of other workouts.

“Sometimes I like to run.  Or a bike ride with the family is a nice change.  This can add to that,” Jordan said.

I like the way he thinks!  What do you think?  Let me know if you try it!

Chia Girl