I’m going to go ahead and confess something right now: I love being lazy. It doesn’t pervade every aspect of my life, but laziness, well, it just feels good to not do anything sometimes. I’d much rather eat a juicy burger with onion rings than baked salmon, or sit in a coffee shop sipping coffee and reading a newspaper than going for a run. It’s just easier to reach for a pack of Oreos on my coffee table than to prepare a salad. Actually, it’s easier to do a lot of things that are unhealthy compared to things that are.
Working in health journalism, however, has opened by eyes to the importance of keeping myself healthy and fit. I’m not ready to get heart disease, diabetes, or any other chronic illness anytime soon. Really, I’d rather avoid them altogether. That, along with the fact I sit in a chair for most of the day, is what inspired me a couple of months ago to begin exercising and eating a bit healthier. But being inspired and staying motivated are two different things; the latter is much harder to maintain. Nevertheless, I’m here exercising a few times a week now. And although I haven’t paid attention to how much weight I’ve lost, it’s definitely noticeable. How did a lazy guy like me ease myself into this weight-loss routine? Here’s a guide for all the
lazy people out there.
Let’s Start With Some High-Intensity Exercise
It’s ridiculously easy to get caught up in a sedentary lifestyle. Many of us are already sitting at our desks for eight-plus hours a day, just to go home and catch the latest episode of our favorite TV show. And it doesn’t help that work often drains us of energy during the day. But that’s no excuse because no matter what, there’s a good chance you have 10 minutes at some point of the day to get on your hands and toes and throw down some pushups.
With that said, the first step in this guide is to start implementing a routine based on high-intensity interval training (HIIT). The scientific seven-minute workout is a good example of this. Using only a chair, a wall, and your own body weight, the researchers who devised it believe it’s capable of helping us achieve fitness. You can check out the exercises over at The New York Times’ website, but it’s basically a 12-step full-body workout that alternates between different parts of the body giving the other parts time to rest in-between. Each exercise should take about 30 seconds, with 10-second intermissions.
The exercise will take some getting used to, as it’ll be difficult to sustain the level of energy you began with, but hey, you’re done after seven minutes. Seven minutes!