Turning into mush from sitting around all day? This beginner-friendly Tabata routine is just what you need to feel alive and on fire again.
Those who have been reduced from free-roaming butterflies to sluggish caterpillars (ie. all of us) during this circuit breaker period, it’s high time to dedicate a couple of minutes to move your body every day. And we don’t mean moving from the chair to couch.
To restore your energy, mobility, and we dare say sanity, turn to this awakening Tabata workout routine by sports presenter and TV host, Kelly Latimer. But first, Taba-what?
A Tabata workout refers to a 4-minute workout where you do an exercise 8 times through, with 20 seconds work and 10 seconds rest.
How this Tabata workout works
This no-equipment routine by Kelly consists of five exercises to be done consecutively, with 1 minute rest between each exercise.
- Jumping Jacks
- Dive Bombers (Regression: Shoulder Push-ups)
- Striders (Regression: Slow Switches)
- Calf Raise Jumps (Regression: Calf Raises)
- 7’s with Toe Touches (Regression: Remove the toe touches)
Total time: 24 minutes
What you need: Use a Tabata timer app such as Tabata Timer and HIIT Timer (free for iOS and Android devices) to help you track the seconds.
The workout will be over before you know it, and your body feeling renewed and energised with all the jumping, pushing and stabilising moves. So go ahead and give it your best shot!
If you are unable to do the exercises fully, take the regressions suggested by Kelly and slowly work your way up. After all, acknowledging our abilities is the first step to getting stronger and fitter.