Everyone knows that exercise is important to their health. Everyone knows that exercise will make them stronger. Everyone knows that exercise will make them feel better. If everyone knows these things then why is it the majority of people don’t exercise?
Time. There’s just not enough time in the day to do all the things that need to be done. Especially for us Moms. There’s always a list of things that need to get done and never enough time to do them all.
My favorite remedy is the Tabata Timer. Tabata timer is not a product you have to buy or figure out how to assemble and store under your bed. It’s simply a formula for a quick and powerful workout that will boost your metabolism. All you need is a timer, some knowledge of basic exercises, and a can do attitude!
4 Minutes is all it takes to complete! Who doesn’t have 4 minutes? Everyone can find 4 minutes in a day to workout!
Here’s how it works…
- Set a timer for 20 seconds
- Pick an exercise like push-ups or sit-ups and do it ALL OUT for 20 seconds
- After 20 seconds rest for 10 seconds
- Repeat #2-3 a for a total of 8 times
- Towel off and smile that you just did a quick boost to your metabolism! 🙂
You can do more than just one at a time of course. Finish your 8 cycles of one exercise then move onto another exercise. 2 rounds is 10 minute workout, 4 rounds is a 20 minute workout and 8 rounds is a good 30 minute workout (give or take a couple minutes transition and rest between rounds). There is your quick workout that will boost your metabolism.
For optimal health you want to be working out 30 minutes a day. For a lot of people it’s hard to find that 30 minutes in one chunk, especially if you count in drive time to a gym. Breaking up that 30 minutes into 3 short 10 minute burst (like a round of Tabata) actually increases your metabolic burn by double to triple than for a single 30 minute session.
When you do 10 minutes of exercise your body systems have to work to warm up and get the blood to all the muscles so they can move, then they have to work to cool down and slowly return the blood back to the heart once the workout is over. This increase and decrease in heart rate are big calorie burners. If you workout only once for 30 minutes you only get that burn one time. If you break up the 30 minutes and do 3 separate workouts lasting 10 minutes each, your body has to warm up and cool down three times hence the extra boost in your metabolism from a short time of exercise! YAY!
Head over to my blog where I have 8 rounds of Tabata set up for you with pictures and instructions for each move.
Get your workout on!
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