Sometimes in our efforts to be more Epic we get caught up in the way to find the best method. The internet is full of these. The best diet. The best app, the best ways that Scarlett Johansson styles her hair. Our pursuits of the best cause us to neglect the good or sometimes the anything.
Take this article in the NYT the premise of which is that a short, high intensity workout, can produce the same molecular changes as a long bike ride or weight lifting session. I don't know the science and won't comment on it, though the article quotes sound promising.
“There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time,” says Chris Jordan, the director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Fla., and co-author of the new article.
Work by scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and other institutions shows, for instance, that even a few minutes of training at an intensity approaching your maximum capacity produces molecular changes within muscles comparable to those of several hours of running or bike riding.
Many people will read this and think well, less time for the same or better results, sign me up. But it's not so much about doing this as it is doing something. I think I'm relatively fit but I'm not. My last run was a week ago, my last workout even longer. I think that maybe if I find the right thing or something that just works it will be the panacea I crave. It won't be. What will work is doing one thing.
If you want to be in better physical shape do one push-ups. Right now do one or three or five.
If you want to be in better marriage do one household chore. Put one load of clothes away, wash one sink of dishes, help the kids brush their teeth.
If you want to be in better job start a newsletter about what is happening in your industry. Share one link with someone, help on on project.
Just start with one thing, don't look for the perfect 7 minute workout because you won't find it. Look for one thing and do that then look for another and do that too.