Most people have one of two relationships with cardiovascular exercise... tolerate or hate. It's hard to refute the benefits of cardiovascular exercise for heart health. If you are in the hate category, Tabatas might be the right fit for you. Tabata exercises were created by Dr. Izumi Tabata, who researched new approaches to training the Japanese Olympic speed skating team. He created a 4 minute cardio workout that involves 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest for 8 cycles. His research found that short bursts of exercise could improve cardiovascular capacity by 28%.
Not only are Tabatas short and sweet, they don't require any fancy gym equipment. All you need is a little space on your living room floor and a pair of comfortable shoes. Traditional Tabata workouts typically include exercises such as squats, lunges, burpees and pushups. A Tabata workout can be modified for beginner to advanced exercisers. See the link below for a sample Tabata workout with certified personal trainer, Allison Henderson. Give it a try, what have you got to gain?
Sample Tabata video workout

You can also check out our info board at the clinic for another sample Tabata Workout.