The Sugar Tax and my new 7 minute workout

I felt inspired to write today’s post by two events this week – my Masters graduation and Jamie Oliver’s Sugar Rush.

Jamie Oliver has made a documentary looking into sugar consumption that shows just how devastating the effects of consuming too much sugar can be. It is fascinating and well worth a watch if you’ve heard about the demonisation of sugar but aren’t sure what the consequences of it are besides your jeans becoming a little snug.


Experts believe a tax of just 7p per regular-sized can of soft drink with added sugar could generate £1 billion per year. We believe this crucial revenue should be ring-fenced to support much needed preventative strategies in the NHS and schools around childhood obesity and diet-related disease.  If you want to sign the petition you can do so here.

Next, on to my total lack of time this week!  I’ve been really busy at work and had my Masters graduation ceremony, which took up most of Tuesday,  through a hangover spilled into Wednesday, and has generally left me feeling exhausted and a bit groggy.

However, when I’m busy I still like to try and exercise as it actually makes me feel calmer and more in control, but I need to be able to fit in things that are effective in short amounts of time.  This means short runs, I ran the 3km to my friend’s house to watch GBBO, and HIIT.


I’ve written before about how much I love the 7 minute workout app from Wahoo fitness, so I thought I’d update you with my latest DIY 7 minute workout that has helped me keep on top of things this week.  This is great to do either on its own or as a part of a circuit or following a quick run.  It really does make you break a sweat!

If you use the 7 minute workout app already or want to download it then simply log in the following exercises in the build your own workout section.  If not just set a stopwatch and do each move for 30 seconds with a 10 second break in between.

  1. Push Up Shoulder Taps (Do a push up and when your arms are fully extended tap your left shoulder with your right hand and then your right shoulder with your left hand. That’s one)
  2. Crunch to Leg Extensions
  3. Burpees
  4. Mountain Climbers
  5. Plank
  6. Commandos (Start in a plank from your elbows and push up on to your left hand and then right, and then down again.  That’s one)
  7. Burpees
  8. Crunch to Leg Extensions
  9. Push Up Shoulder Taps
  10. Plank
  11. Burpees
  12. Commandos

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