Winter has officially arrived in NY bringing with it the the 4 steps of fitness grieving:

  • hitting snooze & staying in bed
  • skipping your workout.
  • immense guilt for skipping your workout.
  • bad snacking and emotional binge eating.

Coupled with holiday parties, late nights and exhaustion, in the blink of an eye you’ve undone all your hard work and find yourself in need of a Fit-ervention! The New York Times has come to your rescue with their new high intensity interval training app, that focuses on a full body workout. As HIIT has become a go to for many, myself included and in the last year there have been numerous studies and articles written to support the science behind them.

In a recent article Chris Jordan, director of exercise psychology at the Human Performance Institute stated:

There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time,

After reading the articles, I decided to give the app a try. For two weeks I logged my stats using the standard workout and even though in great shape I broke a little sweat. To get an idea on my progress I logged reps, how my muscles felt and the difficulties faced each week.

7 minute HIIT Workout – courtesy of New York Times

Week one, day one I wasn’t as prepared as I should have been. I woke up late, didn’t have a high enough chair but I corrected that by day two. The first week left me a little sore, with a daily increase in reps, by week two I felt less pain.  The intensity helped me focus on my weaker points (push-ups) while increasing reps at stronger points (high knee runs, increased from 40-90 in 30 seconds interval) I found the earlier worked out the stronger and better I felt through the day, later than 8am and I needed a nap.

The app itself is easy to use and gives you the option of having a female or male voice. At the time the article was written there was a standard workout, that has since been modified to include an advanced workout, which I have been doing once a week.

If giving a grade I’d give the Well Being app a strong 4.5. I’ve reworked my winter workout to include the app, and an extra ten minutes in the shower.

Download App here:  NY Times 7 Minute Workout