This app is called ‘7 Minute Workout’. My friend introduced this app as she finds this app helpful in maintaining her weight. She was sort of body and weight conscious. I started using this app way back in 2018 (though I do not religiously follow the routines on a daily basis). I consists of 6 routines, 13 exercises in each routine. Each exercise is 30 seconds and has 10 seconds intervals between exercises. I normally do 2-3 routines, total of 25-30 minutes (when I have time).
As I shared in my reflection essay, when I was in my 4th-year of high school, I discovered that I have this condition of mild dextroscoliosis. I was not aware of it for a long time, but my parents knew it already since I was an infant. I had series of seizures back in my earliest childhood because of ‘something’ in my spine. But I am totally fine now, I grew up into a healthy adult despite having scoliosis.
Despite that condition, I managed to join the volleyball team, consistently, from elementary (grade 5, 6) until high school. I tried to join the varsity team of my previous university, but I did not have the chance to do it together with the heavy load of academics. After reading through the modules and PDFs, I realized that I have some misconceptions about exercise. When I was still in the volleyball team of my high school, our captain ball always tells us “kapag hindi kayo nasasaktan sa warm-up at training, ibig sabihin hindi niyo ginagawa nang tama.” Our warm-ups and trainings are usually painful for the body. We went through vigorous warm-ups and physical activities, I thought it was right. After I read the article “How much physical activity is enough?” and Fitness Basics, I learned that there are appropriate exercises depending on age, body mass, and other factors.
As I consulted in the Orthopedic, they said that I can still correct my scoliosis with proper posture, exercise, and therapy. I did not have the luxury to undergo therapy so I just work with some exercise (not vigorous since some exercises can aggravate my spine’s condition) and being conscious about my posture.
I will be honest, I am not really consistent with my exercise and physical activities. I sometimes a whole week. But I still manage to do some routines. I just do the classic exercise that improves cardiovascular functions together with the arm and leg workout. I am not aiming to lose weight, my weight is just appropriate for my age and height.
I just manage to do regular exercise so my spine and back muscles will not ache and strike pain. I experienced severe back pain and striking pain in my back when I was in my previous university. I used to carry a heavy backpack with my laptop and stuff in it.
On this blog site, I will do a one-week challenge for myself, making sure that I do not skip a day in a week. And that one-week challenge will be my short-term goal for now. I will aim with that one-week activity to maintain a consistent physical fitness activity.
In the span of this Physical Education course, I will achieve my short-term goal first—to make exercise a consistent and regular habit (since I already started). My first day is today! On my first video, I did warm-up routines, arm workout and the leg workout. (I am still finding a way on how I can link the video here, this site does not allow huge-file video, I am still troubleshooting). I will try to find some way to show you my workout videos, but for now here are some screenshots (I am sorry for the image quality, I used my old digital camera to record my first video):
I admit that I am not fit as the word ‘fitness’ defined, but I learned that I could do something about it. I can do it.
note: I will link the videos once I am done troubleshooting (I am still trying to compress the videos).