I have written posts on beauty and fashion. But today I wanted to write a post on fitness.Let me tell you I am not a fitness person.I am a total foodie, junk food eater and the laziest person you will ever come across. The reason being I suppose was that my metabolism was always good. But in the past year I have put on lots of unhealthy weight. My stamina has reduced. Even climbing 2 flight of stairs is a task for me and I start puffing.
You know how it is when you decide ‘Oh!!! I am going to start from tomorrow.’ and when tomorrow comes we repeat the same thing. I have been repeating this and now I am not comfortable with my body and health. A healthy lifestyle is a must with a good exercise and healthy eating. Trust me I will never give up on my food, but yes I will make the adjustments wherever I can.
So I came across this type of workout: Tabata which I decided to follow and I thought I will keep you all guys updated the methods that I am trying. That way, I feel, I will be motivated to continue whatever I have planned, cos I will have to keep the updates running.
Well, so let’s get started.
How I came across it?
Firstly , let me tell you how I came to know about this method.It was through a friend last year who kept pushing me that I also needed to start working out after he saw my stamina levels. He himself was following this method, but I guess he didn’t know the name of this method and he used to explain how using this method, he had toned himself. But it was not until last week that I read about Tabata workout when I was searching to see how effective skipping is and it was mentioned in one blog. After I did some research, I realized it is the same technique my friend used to talk about.
What is Tabata Workout?
Tabata workout basically is doing intensive workout for few mins followed by resting or slow paced exercise with 8- 20 repeats. It comes under High Intensity interval training(HIIT) type of workout, which is an enhanced form of interval training, an exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. HIIT is a form of cardiovascular exercise. Usual HIIT sessions may vary from 4–30 minutes. These short, intense workouts provide improved athletic capacity and condition, improved glucose metabolism, and improved fat burning.[Source: WikiPedia].
I know it sounds scary, but it really isn’t cos because the regimen I am following will be ideal for execrcise at home.
I had decided to start my fitness regime using skipping, well because A]I already know skipping [B] I don’t have to go anywhere or run or wander and [C] Not much time consumed. I can just do it in my living room.
But yeah, I will list down the benefits of skipping also:
- Skipping involves a full body workout.
- It is great for toning and developing thighs, shins and calf muscles. Simultaneously, it also works on abs and arms.
- It is more effective than running .
- It can be done anywhere, doesn’t require any equipment.
- Its the least expensive type of exercise with maximum effect.
Using Tabata in skipping
I was searching on net the effectiveness of skipping, I read that if someone who is good at skipping can try tabata workout for maximum impact.
To use tabata workout in your skipping regime, we need to follow high intensity intervals of skipping and resting for a brief interval. Example: 20 sec double-unders , 10 sec slow singles or rest. You can use a timer for this.
When I used to do skipping, I do around 50 double-under skips in a single stretch. I used to do around 250-300 skips in 5 -10 mins. and that was that. Actually I was following tabata workout unknowingly but not in a disciplined manner.
But now since I have added tabata workout in my regime : I do 30 skips in a stretch and rest for 10 seconds and repeat it again. It has been a week since I have started this workout and initially I repeated these steps for 4 rounds which I have gradually increased to 7 today. This takes me 10 mins max. I am planning to increase it up to 10 in next week and based on stamina level I will take it up to 15 hopefully.
Currently I am doing this routine only in the mornings on empty stomach. I wish to do this in my evening time as well.
I have tried I to explain this workout in best way possible. Hope you enjoyed it and let me know if you have something to add too.