In our Apps of the Year series, The Next Web team shares personal recommendations for our favorite apps of 2014.
As an editor of a tech blog managing a remote team of reporters, my days are fairly sedentary. I’m typically confined to my computer for more than eight hours daily, with the occasional walks to do not much else but eat or shower.
Still, as a naturally petite person, I can’t say I’ve been motivated to exercise regularly either. But the recent trends toward healthy living are constant reminders that my body no longer functions like when I was 16, and if I don’t do something, I could hit a point of no return.
With a desire to spend as little effort as possible into daily exercise, I’ve turned to The New York Times’ 7 Minute Workout. By minimally committing myself to a series of simple exercises for just seven minutes a day, it’s the beginning of a more active lifestyle. Since I don’t like to work out at the gym, the app is a great way to exercise at your own pace in the comfort of your own home, without needing a trainer to spot or count for you.
High Intensity Interval Training is awesome because it gets the heart rate going without needing to spend forever warming up. When you feel stronger, repeat the course as desired. For me, the walk home from the local park is also a good way to cool down afterwards, giving me the opportunity to act like I give a crap – without actually giving a crap.
NYT’s 7 Minute Workout makes it hard to make an excuse not to commit. You probably spend more than seven minutes a day mindlessly refreshing Facebook and Instagram. If you’re as lazy as I am, this will help you start small before considering joining fancy gyms and boutique classes. Maybe one day we can train for a 5K together.