Finding the time to exercise on a regular basis can be difficult in the busy schedule of a senior caregiver, but maintaining your health doesn't necessarily mean you need to always find an hour to spend at the gym three times a week. The 7 Minute Workout App coaches users through a series of exercises for less than a minute each that add up to a whole body workout that can be done in your living room.
Exercise can help caregivers burn off some of their extra stress from the day and these workout are simple enough that they can be done before or after a long day on the job. The app features one basic whole-body workout routine for free, and then users can pay for access to additional workouts if they like the first one. The whole-body workout includes crunches, jumping jacks, wallsits, squats, lunges and side planks for less than a minute each with quick rest periods between each.
A narrator talks users through each activity so that they don't have to stare at their phone screen for the duration of the activity. If a user is unfamiliar with a specific exercise, such as triceps dips, then a multipart image on the screen shows the activity. For triceps dips, it shows a person balancing on a diagonal with their arms on a chair, back to the floor, and then a second image shows them lowering their arms so their elbows are bent. Caregivers can do these quick exercise routines at home, on a break while on the caregiving job or anywhere else that they have ten minutes free and access to a wall and a chair to use.
As an added bonus, upon successfully completing the exercise the app shares a celebratory coupon with users at some levels. After the first workout, it shared a coupon for nutritional granola bars.
The Seven Minute Workout app is available for Apple and Android products.
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