When I was in high school, Eight Minute Abs came out. At the time, you had to order the VHS tape via phone – not you can just click on THIS link and watch the whole thing. Yes, that is the original video from the early 90s. I don’t blame you if you want to roll out your yoga mat and complete the exercises right now. Go ahead – I’ll wait.
Welcome back. Did it do anything for you? I remember thinking it was the dumbest thing in the world. How could anyone possibly get a workout in eight minutes. Maybe it was the fact that my abdominals have always been my weak-spot. Maybe it’s because crunches only ever hurt my neck and never do anything for my stomach. Maybe it’s because I was raised by my ballerina mother who never saw a shortcut she liked.
Sufficient to say, I was a skeptic. Until now. I recently signed up for Beachbody on Demand. After scrolling through the offerings, I thought I would go with the Challenge du Jour. However, as the mother of two – my kids thought otherwise. One morning, I realized that my son would be getting up soon and I had MAYBE 15 minutes to get something done. None of the CDJs were going to do the trick, but I did find a 10-minute Booty Blaster. If I’m being 100% honest, I did it because I didn’t want to miss checking in on my exercise tracker. However, the next day when my friend asked me to a take a class with her at Uplift, I wasn’t sure I would be able to do it. And these weren’t ten minutes of HIIT style movements. This was more like a barre class – a very short, very hard barre class.
Now, The New York Times would suggest that you can go with as little as four minutes. That seems extreme. But the truth of the matter is, four minutes are better than no minutes. Since being fired, I have honestly found it harder to squeeze in some time to workout. With my days free, I have given my nanny (AKA my aforementioned ballerina mom) some much needed time off. However, that has made it all the more difficult for me to find time to workout. Cutting it up in to 10 or 20 minute bursts has helped. Walking when I could take a bus or train has helped. Stop letting a silly thing like time get in the way of your health and wellness goals. Do some jumping jacks right now. There. One minute in the bank! Only nine to go.