There seems to always be a battle between our busy schedules and making time for the gym. As students, days are filled with classes, internships, and homework that is due at midnight. For those that also work a part time job there is barely enough time for sleep. We all want to live healthy lifestyles but let’s face it; there isn’t enough time in the day.
What if there was an exercise program that could fit even the busiest schedule? A program that didn’t require a gym membership, and could even be done at your house. No need to wish upon a lucky star because such a program exists.
Tabatas is a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) system that was developed way back in the 1990’s. Recently, Tabatas popularity has begun to rise in the fitness community. Self.com states, “Dr. Izumi Tabata developed this program initially to train speed skaters for the Olympics”. What most find so intriguing about this exercise is it combines a short amount of your time with a plethora of benefits.
The way the exercise works is 20 seconds of high-intensity exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest. You continue this exact pattern for the four minute time limit. The best way to complete this program is by downloading the free app in either the Apple or Android store. Most use the app because it keeps you on track easier than staring at a clock. The application will count you down for when to start, and when to rest. This is amazing because it allows you to play your music while simultaneously using the app
Science has shown that one Tabata (four minutes), will burn four times more calories than a 20 minute run. Once again, this is great for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to spare but still cares about their health. Along with losing calories, Tabatas has been known to speed up your metabolism for over an hour after exercise.
We all have that one friend who can eat whatever they want and never gain a pound. This is because their metabolism runs at a higher pace allowing them to burn most of what they put into their bodies. As we get older, our metabolism starts to slow and gaining weight starts to become easier. Tabatas is a natural way to boost your metabolism without using expensive fat burning pills promoted on T.V. Combining this training regime with a proper diet will help anyone get into the best shape of their lives.
Anybody can use this training system even if you don’t have a gym membership. One effective way to use Tabatas is by simple exercises you can do at home. Combining four common movements like, push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, and squats will still create the same benefits as someone using weights in the gym. For example, you would do 20 seconds of high intensity jumping jacks followed by 10 seconds of rest, and then go into the next exercise until the four minutes are complete. It is imperative that during the 20 seconds of exercise you push yourself as hard as you can. The goal is to complete as many reps as possible before the 20 seconds is up. Be warned, by the last exercise you will be sweating, breathing heavy, and starting to feel your muscles getting tired. If you complete the whole cycle with ease, than you’re not going as intense as you should.
Getting in shape isn’t easy, but nothing worth doing ever is. Tabatas allows even the busiest person to gain the body they have always wanted. Whether you’re a full time student, parent, or just can’t get out of the office, Tabatas will help you reach your fitness goals. Not everyone can dedicate hours a day to the gym but c’mon, can you at least spare four minutes?