<iframe src="https://www.googletagmanager.com/ns.html?id=GTM-M575L42" height="0" width="0" style="display:none;visibility:hidden">
Tabata — The Latest HIIT Craze

Tabata — The Latest HIIT Craze

18/10/18

Share the article

High Intensity Interval Training (or HIIT) is increasingly popular among busy Hong Kongers, and it’s not hard to see why. With our hectic schedules, carving out time to work out can be difficult, and when we do get in the gym, having to rush through our workout is hardly productive.

That’s where HIIT comes in.

 

Why HIIT?

HIIT workouts cycle between short but intense intervals of extremely vigorous exercise such as sprinting, swimming or weight-lifting, followed by short rests. They kickstart your metabolism and provide a challenging aerobic workout, without taking up too much time.1

Researchers have found that a thrice-weekly HIIT workout can improve aerobic and muscular performance and reduce risk of heart disease.1 It consists of four-minute exercise intervals followed by three-minute rest periods, repeated four times (a “4x4” workout).  

If you do the math, that’s real bang for your buck — demonstrable results with just over an hour of exercise per week!

 

Tabata

If you’re looking to try HIIT, the latest craze is the Tabata protocol. Proponents claim that even workouts as short as ten minutes can produce results. What’s more, you don’t necessarily need a fancy commercial gym or thousands of dollars of equipment. All that’s required is a kettlebell and some dumbbells.

Here’s a sample Tabata workout, which takes you through both high-impact explosive exercises such as squat jumps and kettlebell swings, and low-impact exercises like burpees and side taps that improve joint mobility and static strength.

 

If you need any further incentive, keep in mind that the Tabata Protocol was designed for Olympic athletes — so you know it works! There’s now no excuse not to get your weekly dose of exercise.

 

 

Sources

  1. https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/health/article/1393222/why-high-intensity-interval-training-perfect-hectic-hongkongers. Viewed on 02 Sep 2018.

Share the article

© Cigna 2018

Information provided in this article is intended for health and fitness purposes only and is not intended for use in the diagnosis of disease or other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of disease (see Terms & Conditions for details). Any health-related information found in this article is available only for your interest and should not be treated as medical advice. Users should seek any medical advice from a physician, especially before self-diagnosing any ailment or embarking on any new lifestyle or exercise regime. Any information contained in this article may not be suitable, accurate, complete or reliable. Cigna accepts no responsibility for the content or accuracy of information contained on external websites or resources, or for the security and safety of using them. "Cigna" and the "Tree of Life" logo are registered trademarks of Cigna Intellectual Property, Inc. in the United States and elsewhere, licensed for use. All products and services are provided by or through operating subsidiaries, and not by Cigna Corporation.


Email Subscription
* Required

View our Privacy Statement here
Want to know how we use your information? Click here to learn more.
I have read and agreed to Cigna's privacy statement


What are your interests?

All Family Care Fitness Lifestyle
Medical Tips Nutrition Recipes

Thanks for signing up for our newsletter!

To make sure your Smart Health emails don't go into your spam or promotions folder, please add enquiryhk@cigna.com by Cigna to your email contacts.

Get our newsletters for healthy tips. Subscribe No Thanks