Thanks to Your Therapy Source for this excellent app review!
If you follow this blog at all you know I am always on the look out for apps that get kids and adults moving. I have been use this free Tabata Timer app for quite some time now and really like it. Tabata is an exercise protocol based on the work of a Japanese scientist named Izumi Tabat and his colleagues on high intensity interval training. Basically you exercise for 4 minutes going as hard as you can for 20 seconds followed by a 10 second break repeating this 8 times. I have had great success with children combining the Tabata 4 minute exercise routine with physical activity cards.
Start out by selecting at least 4 exercises to complete (you can repeat each one twice) or pick 8 different exercises. I use exercise cards for the children to choose the activities from. I usually pick through the cards for what each specific child needs to work on and then allow the child to choose from that pile. Once the exercises are chosen, if they are new I teach the child the exercise first. If not, we get started. Place the cards on the table