I try to maintain a pretty healthy lifestyle, working out as often as I can and eating as few ice cream sandwiches as possible, but sometimes it’s hard to stay consistent. Working a full time job makes it hard to find the time to do a full workout—most of you know what I’m talking about. There’s just not always time and we are often too worn out after a day of work. Sitting at work all day makes us tired, but it’s also the very thing that is taking away from our fitness. It’s a cruel cycle.
I hate sitting for long periods, but I have to whenever I’m working. Doing so has caused my back to ache and have new pains. It’s been frustrating and I wished I had a standing desk or something similar to give me a solution. Not everyone can just throw in a chunk of change for a standing desk, though.
The First Day of One Minute Change
When my co-workers at Change Your Energy told me about one minute exercises in the One Minute Change app
, I was definitely interested in the concept, but I hadn’t envisioned myself actually using it. For those of you who don’t know, the One Minute Change app basically lets you pick a routine or categorize your own set of workouts to do every hour for one full minute. The routines include exercises for body and mind, along with stretching and meditation. Anyways, someone in my office set an alarm, and just like that, I was thrown into the routine.
At the start of the next hour, the alarm went off and I heard the instructor in the app start describing what to do. The first workout was lunges. Easy enough, I’ve done lunges before. But, admittedly, it felt a bit awkward to suddenly jump into this workout with the entire office. Nevertheless, the 60 second timer started and we began the exercise. The instructor on screen demonstrated how to do the workout and everyone followed along. My mind was cleared of awkwardness immediately and I was concentrating on the workout instead. The thing is, doing a workout at an intermediate rate for an entire minute is actually pretty tough. I’ve been very active and into fitness my whole life, too, and I still definitely felt the burn.
The first workout felt great and I was surprised how effective it was. The alarm continued to go off every hour throughout the work day, mixing in exercises, stretching and even meditative routines. These included squats, calf raises, breathing meditations, meridian tapping and ton of other unique exercises. Basically, it had everything you need for a variety of exercise and wellness routines. Each hour seemed to go by faster and faster—the day flew by with one minute workouts breaking it up into sections. Moving throughout the day like that was great for my legs and my back. I just felt like my body was in much better condition as compared to most other days after working in a chair all day. My muscles were warmed up and limber, instead of being tight and uncomfortable.
After The First Week
The first day was over and I was pleasantly surprised with the results. My work week progressed, and as each day full of one minute exercises went by, I started to love it more and more. Work days have never gone faster for me. It’s not an exaggeration, it’s not a sales pitch, the day just goes by incredibly
fast. It’s honestly the perfect solution to a long day of work. It pumps a helping of energy into the day, into your body, and into your mind. I’ve been been doing the workouts for a week now and I no longer have the typical pain in my back. My back issue was something that nagged me every single day and even affected my after-work exercises or just simply walking around. The one minute exercises got me up and moving enough to completely eliminate that lingering problem. I don’t struggle to finish work toward the end of the day as often as I used to, since the exercises really clear my mind and feel like a reset to my mental state. Work gets finished faster than before and ideas come to mind with ease. Concentration is improved, no matter the time of day, and my body feels great. If I don’t have time to do a full workout once I’m home, I don’t feel guilty at all, because I just spent a whole day doing exercises every hour.
I’ve told pretty much everyone I know about the app and how it’s completely changed my work days. The impact it makes is really motivating. I truly didn’t think anything of the app when I was first introduced, but now I cannot picture a work day without it. I’m not sure how I went whole days without using the one minute approach.
Try One Minute Change
If you want to try it out for yourself—and trust me you should—then you can download the app for free
. You can pick one of the routines already set up by default or just customize what works best for you. Set your alarm and get started. Your days are about to change forever. I guarantee once you start using the app, you won’t look back.
Get the app here for free.