Tabata is an intensive form of high interval training (HIIT) created by Dr. Izumi Tabata—and it’s all the rage. But before you think this is just a fad that will soon fade out, there’s some serious science behind it, proving that it’s a great workout for a Happier You. Not only is it grounded in science, but it provides real results—fast.

So what is it? Tabata isn’t just a single workout. Rather, it can be incorporated into a variety of workouts, from weight training to aerobic exercises like running and rowing. But in Tabata, unlike traditional endurance training and HIIT workouts, you work out at maximum capacity, cycling between 20-second bursts of intense effort and 10 seconds of rest. This cycle is repeated 8 times using your activity of choice, for a total of 4 minutes. Is it effective? Yes. Studies show that it boosts cardiovascular and pulmonary capacity, as well the body’s ability to burn fat faster.

Here are 5 ways Tabata can add maximum benefit to a vibrant life and Happy You—and why you should incorporate it into your weekly exercise routine!

Benefits of Tabata

  • Burn more fat

Tabata’s short, intensive bursts of movement force your body to start working at a higher level to keep up with the increased demand. When included as part of your regular weekly routine, it will bump up your basal metabolic rate (BMR), which means you’ll be burning more fat in less time, and keep burning it long after your workout is complete.

  • Protect muscle tissue

Typical fat loss strategies, like dieting and intense cardio exercises, tend to deplete your muscles instead of building them up. If you want to boost your weight loss and your muscles, intensive Tabata intervals are the way to go. By activating your muscles quickly to keep up with the intense, immediate demands, you’ll not only boost your ability to lose fat, but help your muscles get stronger and leaner with every movement.

  • Enhance awareness

Because of the stress Tabata places on your body, it’s crucial to listen to the biofeedback it’s sending you. Focusing on what your body is telling you with every movement can prevent overexertion and injury. So listen up!

  • Get better results in less time

Part of Tabata’s popularity is the fact that it works your body in amazing ways in only a few minutes a day. The 4- to 8-minute workouts make it easy to fit them into your day, and to stay committed for ongoing results.

  • Increase aerobic and anaerobic capacity

While running, swimming and other exercises are great for increasing your body’s stamina and ability to use oxygen efficiently, Tabata is better. In only a few minutes a day, you can improve your endurance.

By incorporating Tabata consistently into your schedule, 2-3 times per week, you can improve your wellbeing and become your strongest, most energized and happiest you. The key to wellbeing is not to do more, but to commit yourself fully to the short interval bursts.

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