Staying motivated…

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I keep being asked how I manage to stay motivated with my daily exercise routine.  Well the truth is, and in some ways I’m embarassed to say it, but I don’t really do all that much.  And what I do do is completed in just 16 minutes a day.  I really enjoy Tabata training, some people call it HIIIT which is high intensity interval training.  Basically I do two rounds of eight minutes of exercise.  One in the morning and one in the evening.

Two sessions gives me maximum fat burn and allows me to work my whole body.  Each session comprises of four exercises which I repeat four times.  I started out doing each  exercise for 20 seconds with a 10 second break in between.  I now do 50 seconds for each exercise.  Of course I work really hard during this time and it hurts – but then who can’t do an exercise for 20 seconds – even burpees are achievable!

Check out these videos for examples of my routines.  They are great fun and I can do them anywhere – even in all weathers in Scotland.   Dr John Babraj of Abertay University is researching the beneficial effects of this kind of training and I hope to post an interview with him about it all in the next week or so.

As for my running – well I have completed my four half marathon challenge and need a wee break – but not for long because mum and I are entered for the Venice full marathon at the end of October – who doesn’t like to have a target!
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