Authored by IHRSA
“I don’t have enough time” is probably the most common excuse for not exercising, which is one of the reasons why the 7 Minute Workout has become a fitness sensation for individuals healthy enough to participate.
According to the NY Times, the 7 Minute Workout “fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on science.”
And since the 7 Minute Workout requires nothing more than a wall and chair to complete, it goes a long way toward eliminating barriers to exercise on those days when a trip to the gym or local bike trail are out of the question.
I’m wondering if the concept of the 7 Minute Workout – condensing the elements of a program to maximize efficiency for time strapped individuals – could be applied in the primary care setting.
How about a 30-Second Annual Checkup?
Just the following two questions…
- In the last 7 days, on how many did you do moderate to strenuous exercise, like taking a brisk walk?
- On the days that you engaged in moderate to strenuous exercise, how many minutes, on average, did you exercise at this level? (Based on the “exercise vital signs” developed by Kaiser-Permanente.)
…and an appropriate exercise prescription.
Now, let me be clear. I am not a doctor and I am totally unqualified to be discussing medical protocol. But given a situation where a physician has a very limited window of time to gather information and provide feedback to a patient, is it unreasonable to think that physical activity should be the first topic of discussion?