One of my favorite fitness activities has become Tabata workouts. Tabata workouts are intense, short duration training that follows a specific format. The name Tabata comes from the doctor and researcher that came up with the workout. The Tabata workout is quick and effective making it a nice option to incorporate into the home, classroom and therapy.
Tabata workouts consist of:
- 20 Seconds of a high intensity exercise. – During this time period I encourage working hard!
- 10 seconds of rest.
- Repeated 8 times for a total of 4 minutes.
Why Tabata Workouts For The Classroom?
Research Shows Us…
- Regular participation in physical activity improves academic performance.
- Single sessions of physical activity can enhance attention and memory.
- The effects of physical activity on brain health may explain improvements in academic performance.
Tabata Workout Resources
I love the free tabata timer apps that you can get on your iPad or smartphone. You simply have to do a search to find several to choose from. There are free and paid versions. I’m currently using a free version on my iPad.
I come up with these on my own based on the skill level of the kids that I see. The exercises can be as simple as squats, running in place, lunges etc. I also have a ton of brain break cards that have several different ideas of activities that could be incorporated into tabata workouts.
- I like to warm up before if time allows. That may be simple dynamic exercises (marches, arm circles etc.).
- When doing tabata workouts I always try to include as much full body exercises as I can. For example, if I am having someone run in place I encourage pumping there arms really fast as well.
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