I’ve never been much of an ‘exerciser’. I hate lifting weights. I despise jogging. I’m not much of a fitness guy. When I was in high school, I was very much into the martial arts. I stopped practicing after college and haven’t really had any type of consistent workout regimen for almost 25 years.

Weight-wise, I generally tried to maintain 190 lbs (give or take) for my 5′ 11″ frame. While I wasn’t over weight, I wasn’t exactly what you’d call “in shape”, either.

Flash forward to last Thursday, where I met my doctor for a routine physical exam. Or, as I’d like to refer to it: My wake-up call. Given the health histories of my parents (diabetes and heart disease), my physician opened my blinders to the fact that I really need to be more active on a daily basis to lower my risks. And that the time to start was now, not 10 years from now. (I’m really great at procrastinating.)

He showed me the 7-minute workout, and strongly urged me to incorporate it into my daily routine. The 7-minute workout is a form of high intensity circuit training developed by Chris Jordan, to help his clients lose weight and stay fit.

The first day exercising nearly wiped me out, in large part because I was so out of shape. My legs felt like jelly the next day, and my arms and chest were both incredibly sore. It was a workout that left me thoroughly drenched in sweat. A part of me wanted to quit, but then I realized I wasn’t doing this for me: I was doing it for my family.

Five days in, and I’m starting to see results. First, my core muscles (abs) are much firmer now. My weight has dropped from 193 lbs to 185 lbs. I feel more alert. Aarti has noticed that my posture is much better now. And I’m starting to get into it…

The best part of this regimen for me is that it’s only 7 minutes. After that, I’m finished with my workout for the entire day. I hope to periodically share my results on the blog as a means to document my progress (and hopefully inspire others).

For what it’s worth, this is the video I work out to every morning. It’ll give you a clear idea of the time investment and the types of cardio exercises involved. Once the video is over, your workout is complete. Simple. I like that!

Historically, the biggest challenge for me has always been maintaining my workout routine. The fact that it’s only 7 minutes makes the idea of working out much more palatable to me. With lots of hard work and dedication, I’m making a commitment to be in the best shape of my life.