Half a lifetime ago, I was pretty fit. Now, I'm not. It's the usual dynamic: sedentary lifestyle, long work hours, horrible commute, very little free time (I guess that should be "un-dynamic"). I have stopped kidding myself that joining a gym is a good idea for me because I don't have the time to go, and this of course perpetuates the problem.
I know interval training is both
a) nothing new (I used to include it in my workouts about 20 years ago) and
b) the current fitness craze,
but what this means to me is that it is both well tested and its popularity means that there will be a selection of training books and videos to choose from. I made my scientific selection on nothing more than this was cheap. As cheap as a one-off payment to my local gym, so I felt I had little to lose.
Unlike many exercise videos I have used (or perhaps more appropriately, "seen"), the two trainers in 60 Second Promise are far from annoying. They strike the right balance of chummy encouragement with precise, helpful instruction. One trainer demonstrates the beginners' movements, while the other, the advanced movements.
The 10 minute routines will leave you tired and your heart rate nicely raised. You can simply do one 10 minute routine, or a selection of routines as your fitness improves. Honestly, even I can't say I'm too busy for 10 minutes. Right now, I feel the ache in my muscles, but it's a good feeling because I know I'm finally doing something to address my fitness.
I have tried some Yoga DVDs, and while I really like MTV Yoga [DVD
], I cannot commit to the routine more than once in a while, which does limit its impact. If you are struggling to find a programme that you can fit into your busy life, I do recommend this video.