Kudos to ‘A Healthy You’ on Fox News!!!
One morning on CBS News they were doing the 9 Minute Workout. The 9 Minute Workout isn't doing one thing for nine minutes, it's doing nine things for one minute. It's high intensity interval training.
Two years ago I invited Tony Greco to come on my show on Fox News to do our version of the 9 Minute Workout with several one minute exercises. It was one of the most popular segments we had on the show for exercise: we did belly dancing, we did Zumba, we did all kinds of newfangled exercises, even Yoga.
But the most popular segment was the 1 Minute Workout. We called it the 1 Minute Workout because each move you did, you did intensely for one minute with 30 seconds off in between. For me, that's enough to take a drink of tea in between! And that makes me very happy.
I find at this age I need to do things during my workout that make me happy. So, I work out one minute doing a Burpee, for example, (and yes Gayle King, the Burpee is an important part of the workout series as much as I know you hate them!) and then I go to the window to make sure my cats haven't fallen off the ledge! LOL. (No worries, I'm on the first floor!) Then I do sit ups, and then I take a sip of tea. So I begin to enjoy my workouts a little bit more.
You can see the 9 Minute Workout on the New York Times website under ‘Dr. Metzl's 9 Minute Workout.’ Or you can go to FOXNews.com and watch Tony Greco do it on my show.
Again, we talk about how exercise - especially for older people - helps prolong life. It helps cellular regeneration, thereby keeping you younger. Researchers at Penn State say older Americans who biweekly strength train lower the death rate by 46%! And when I say strength train, I don't mean you have to lift weights. You can lift water bottles, for example, as with squats you can just lift your own bodyweight. Or in my case, I hold onto my cat LOL! Do I love my cats or what? I told you I do things to make myself happy while working out…
Don't forget, working out helps to prevent heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. I don't know about you, but I need all the help I can get to stay healthy. Make sure you do your squats (good for hips and knees), planks (which protects the spine), and Burpees (which strengthens the whole, total body!)
Come on – you can work out for a minute at a time. The minute you start, the minute you start feeling younger, getting healthy, and building your energy. Enjoy!