A couple months back, we discovered an article about a new approach to working out that is very short and very intense.  It requires nothing except your own body and a chair, and the entire workout lasts roughly seven minutes.  There are twelve different exercises that you do for thirty seconds each with a ten second break in between.  Our family gave it a try because, while we’ve been doing a hell of a lot of walking around the world, there hasn’t been a whole lot of upper body or abdominal work (actually none whatsoever).  Now we’re completely hooked.   We do it almost every morning and in the length of the video below it’s over and we feel fantastic.  This is a Workout Video pure and simple — and in sharing this we join the proud ranks of Jane Fonda, Cher and Kim Kardashian.  If you’re game you can use The Thinking Family’s video as a guide and timer for your own workout in the privacy of your living room.Let us just take a moment to say what good sports the kids were in making this particular film.  Working out in public with your parents is not for the faint of heart and Franny and Finn deserve special commendation for this one.  It will inevitably be presented as Exhibit A in some future suit brought against their parents — but at least the plaintiffs will be well-toned with strong cores.  We started the workout back in Venice, and shot most of what you see on location in Berlin, Amsterdam and Dublin.  In spite of subjecting our children to slightly more mortification than they endure on a daily basis, we can’t say enough good things about The Thinking Family’s Seven Minute Workout — the secret ingredient in keeping us fit as we enter our final lap of globetrotting.  (Oh, and by the way, the song is called “Ten Thousand Hours” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, which to our knowledge is the only hip hop song ever inspired by a Malcolm Gladwell essay.)