Efficient and effective home workout in 4 minutes
Caregivers have very little free time, so exercise often falls to the bottom of the to do list. But exercising regularly boosts your mood, relieves stress, and improves health. That’s why it’s important to find an efficient workout that you can fit into your schedule.
We found a exercise style called Tabata training that gives you a great workout in just 4 minutes. We love this style of workout because it’s free, can be tailored exactly for your fitness level, can be done anywhere, and doesn’t require any equipment. Perfect for busy caregivers, right?
How Tabata training works
Tabata training is based on intervals. You exercise for 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Repeat that 8 times, which adds up to 4 minutes of exercise.
This technique was discovered by Dr. Izumi Tabata in Tokyo in 1996. This high intensity interval training gives maximum exercise benefits in a short amount of time. You’re free to choose any exercises for the intervals, so it’s a completely personalized workout.
Customize for any fitness level
Don’t let the “high intensity” part scare you – this truly is for any level of fitness. The key is to choose exercises that you’re comfortable with and to pace yourself. While the workout seems trivial in the first few repetitions, you’ll definitely be feeling it by the end.
Prepare for your workout
The most important thing is to avoid injuries. Before starting any new exercise, check with your doctor to make sure it’s safe for you.
Wear light, comfortable clothing and supportive athletic shoes. Get a free Tabata timer to count the intervals for you, we like this one.
Start slow for long-term success
The possibilities for Tabata training are endless because you can choose any exercises. We’ve put together a gentle 4 minute Tabata home workout for people who want to ease back into exercise.
The key is to not overdo things right off the bat. Getting super sore after the first workout is counterproductive. Slow and steady progress might not be exciting, but it’s the most effective for your body and health and guarantees excellent long-term results.
By DailyCaring Editorial Team
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