We often end up in a dilemma before starting any form of exercise routine. The dilemma is often about which exercise is the best that will give me the best results? These thoughts are normal for anyone who is into regular fitness routines.
There are so many types of workout out there that a week would fall short to fit everything into your schedule. It’s necessary to analyse therefore which is the right exercise routine for you and what suits you best. Some exercises are supposed to be avoided because of the level of exertion or effort it requires for the best results, some exercises require a form of qualification even to perform the basic level, intermediate or advance. Though most of the exercises can be customized according to the level of training that person is at. However, one need to take precautions if you are on medications or have a certain medical condition. Before starting any exercise routine it is always good to consult your doctor.
In today’s fast paced lifestyle we have to make sure that our workouts and our work schedules do not clash with each other. They should complement each other rather than be a hindrance. We should learn to manage time well so that we are able to give 100 % to both the work out as well as our work. Lack of time should never be an excuse to not workout.
There are several short workout sessions and today I am going to introduce you to one such workout routine which you can do wherever you are at home or office.
Have you heard of Tabata? Tabata is a workout routine named after Dr. Izumi Tabata, a Japanese physician and researcher. This workout style requires you to just set aside 4 minutes from your entire 24 hours in a day. Tabata is a high intensity exercise, which combines major factors like strength, power and endurance. It is a bit of circuit training and cross fit.
In Tabata, you choose four moves for exercise and you complete each of these moves in 20 seconds each. After every move you take a 10 second rest. After completing all four moves, repeat for one more time. You can choose any four exercises according to your convenience and the difficulty level that suits you. Tabata is good to improve both anaerobic and aerobic fitness levels.
Whatever exercise you choose, Tabata training will raise your metabolism and heart rate immediately. Since you are performing these exercises at a very high intensity, your body will have to work much harder to keep it up. This will cause your heart to pump fast and your metabolism to jump. This is something you might want to do if you are planning on losing body fat. Your metabolism will stay high not only during the workout, but after the workout as well. This means that your body will be burning fat for hours after the workout is done.
Many exercises and types of equipment can be incorporated into the Tabata protocol. You could use push-ups, planks, squats, stability ball exercises, resistance bands, weights, or a bench.
Examples of Tabata workout
Push-ups: 20 seconds push-ups, 10 seconds rest
Body Squats: 20 seconds Squatting, 10 seconds rest
Planks: 20 seconds planking, 10 seconds rest
Pull-Ups: 20 seconds pull-ups, 10 seconds rest