What better way to kick start the week than with a bit of Monday Morning Motivation (say that 5 times fast):
We’re all busy and it’s easy to fall back on the “I don’t have time to exercise” excuse. Occasionally I do too, but deep down I know that it’s BS. The bottom line is that it comes down to priorities: If it’s important to you, you will make time for it, no ifs no buts.
Last week I mentioned that I’ve been incorporating tabata training into my workouts. Especially as I prefer to get my day started early in order to make the most of my trip in London, this workout style is ideal. As long as they are effective, workouts don’t need to be a long, drawn out affair. Efficiency aside, tabatas can be done anytime, anywhere, without any special equipment.
As a form of high intensity interval training, tabata training can create similar health benefits to that of cardio workouts…in a fraction of the time. So what exactly is it?
It’s like ripping off a Band-Aid: it’s painful yet over before you know it. Although each tabata is essentially 4 minutes, you can stack multiple 4-minute tabata routines together. The key is to take a 1-minute break between each round in order to briefly recover. While tabatas may burn fewer calories during the workout than a long walk would, they require your muscles to work harder. As a result, it boosts your metabolism and enables it to continue burning calories even after the workout is over.
Especially as tabata workouts are completely customisable, there’s little room for boredom to creep in. To get you started, here’s a workout I completed on Friday morning. Hopefully this will enlighten my brother about why exactly I was jumping around our living room as he was leaving for work.:
If you don’t have a stop watch or timer, download the GymBoss Timer app. Once you select the tabata setting, it will start beeping to indicate the start & stop of each interval.
How do you fit exercise into your busy days?