As the current year is ending, and a new one will be starting. I know that for many of us we one of the top intentions for 2017 is health and fitness. For many of us, it’s hard to fit an hour of working out in several times a week. I recently learned that working out for 1 hour may not be as beneficial or as necessary as we thought. Vishen Lakhiani, who is the founder of Mindvalley and author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, believes in combining the old and creating a hybrid workout routine that is both time and body effective. He did some research for one year and used himself as the guinea pig, similar to the research that Tim Ferriss has done for his 4-Hour Body.
His findings are interesting, he’s documented his fitness for the last 10 years. He only spends 30 minutes a week in the gym and that’s on Sunday to evaluate his progress. He advocates using Tabata, which is available via app and it’s free. It was designed by a Japanese fitness coach, where in 4 minutes you get almost the same results as you would an hour in the gym. What’s great about this workout is that you have a part designing your workout. You can choose how many days and what exercises you will do for that day. The only thing that needs to be followed is the interval, which is as many reps of your choice exercise, for 20 seconds then break for 10 seconds, and then repeat 20 seconds and rest for 10 seconds 8 times. The 4 minutes passes by fast, and most days unexpectedly over.
In the talk that Vishen gives, he also stress mind health and nutrition. It’s important to make time to meditate, it doesn’t necessarily have to be for an hour everyday, but it can be active and do what works for you. It can be a visual meditation, practicing forgiveness and gratitude. All those things will feed the soul and spirit. Most importantly, what you put in your body. It trumps the exercising. Eating healthier and cutting processed sugars can eliminate our cravings. The body can feel hungry when its dehydrated. What we eat fuels us, has us be healthy for ourselves, and loved ones.
Maybe you have a healthy new year!