While your eating habits are the most important aspect of your life to change when it comes to weight loss, exercise is also important for good health too.
So what can you do? Cardio-only workouts are always popular, but spending hour upon hour on a treadmill does not sound like a lot of fun.
Is there an alternative? Well, you could try Tabata, which could add much needed intensity and variety to your cardio workouts.
What is Tabata?
Tabata was first invented by the Japanese physician and researcher, Dr. Izumi Tabata.
This form of training usually involves 20-seconds of intense exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest.
In total most workouts can be completed within a 4-minute time period.
It has been shown that this form of exercise has numerous benefits, with increased strength and cardiovascular fitness.
As it can also boost your metabolic rate this form of exercise could also be a good way of burning calories, which will subsequently result in fat loss and weight loss.
With Tabata workouts you can perform various types of exercise, but you should stick to principles stated above (high intensity followed by a short rest). It is recommended that you try to stick to a maximum of 4 exercises per workout.
Is Tabata proven to be beneficial?
In a study, volunteers were put into two groups. The first were asked to perform moderate exercise 5 times a week, with the second group asked to perform Tabata-style high intensity exercise.
At the conclusion of the 6-week study those who performed the Tabata-style workout, despite working out for less time overall, had better aerobic and anaerobic results.
Example Tabata workout
Below you will find a Tabata workout that you can perform in the comfort of your own home. Check it out and reply below if you enjoyed the workout.