I cannot believe it is already November!! We are entering into the super busy holiday season. If you are traveling to see family, working tons of hours or your schedule is full of plans, parties, traditions, festivities and shopping — no matter what, it’s a busy time of year! With all the added fun, it makes it that much harder to fit everything in, especially a workout. Good news, there is a quick & effective solution: tabatas!!
A tabata is a workout that is 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest for 4 rounds. That means each tabata round is only 2 minutes. If you repeat it 6 times, that is 12 minutes. No matter how busy your day, it is much more manageable to add in a 10-12 minute workout! Do it right when you get up in the morning, before bed or even on lunch.
Tabatas are extra awesome because they burn a lot of fat and tons of calories. They only work this way if you do them correctly: MAX effort for 20 seconds. It’s only 20 seconds so make sure you go as hard as you can! This effectively raises your heart rate and keeps it up even after the tabata is over, so you keep burning calories and fat through out the day. This makes it the perfect workout for this busy time of year.
Remember – 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest X4
I like alternate each move for a total of 8 times in one set. I have paired up the moves below.
- jumping jacks // skiers
- burpees // jump squats
- high knees // mountain climbers
If you do each of these tabata sets, this workout will be done in 12 minutes! I love to use this as a workout solution on a busy day.
Tell me: have you ever tried a tabata??