I have proof that you don’t need to spend hours working out at the gym six days a week. Since the pandemic, my life style has changed quite a bit. Pre- pandemic, I was teaching fitness classes six days a week, lifting weights 3 days a week, and also incorporating a weekend long run. I felt like my metabolism was on fire and I never had to be conscious of my daily calorie intake. Now fast forward to the pandemic where I find myself really out of sync and lost for the first time in years. I no longer teach fitness classes at my gym and therefore have more time to snack throughout the day. I’ve also had to modify my weight workouts to include lighter weights due to lack of equipment at home. To top that off, I injured my shin and foot and that eliminated a major stress reliever (MY WEEKLY RUN)!
Rather than drown myself in my sorrows, I realized I had to re-establish a new workout schedule. I found myself lacking motivation to workout on my own for the first time in 20 years. I finally decided to start doing Facebook Live workouts so that I would have to commit to weekly workouts. I realized even though I’m not currently teaching at a gym, I have a passion for helping others to achieve their health and fitness goals. So for the past three months, I’ve been doing 15 minute FB LIVE TABATA workouts, 4-5 days a week, and simply walking 2 miles each morning to clear my head. I’ve maintained my weight (which is no easy feat at the age of 61) and feel like I’ve even improved my muscle tone.
Tabata workouts include 8 rounds, The intervals are 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of recovery. I like to use 2 exercises for each tabata and use compound movements to really increase the intensity of the workout. I absolutely love these workouts! The 20 second work intervals are quick so you can give all out effort. The recovery periods are only 10 seconds which keeps your heart rate elevated, increasing the challenge of the workout.