Kyra's Workout Tips

Do you Tabata? After reading this, you will.

Interview by Meryl Gordon
Photograph: Photo by: Peggy Sirota

In her cover story in the July/August 2010 issue of MORE, Sedgwick says she relies on exercise to keep her mental balance: "I have to do it for my head," she tells writer Meryl Gordon. "It’s sort of like self-medicating." In this web exclusive she shares how she gets the most out of her workouts:

SWITCH THINGS UP
When I’m working, I do yoga one day and weight training another. If I have a late-morning call, I can jump on the bike.

GO OLD SCHOOL
I have a [stationary] Airdyne bike—the harder you pedal, the harder the tension goes up. There’s no electricity; I’m an avid environmentalist and I don’t like using electricity when I can avoid it. Especially when I’m working out, it seems counterintuitive to be creating energy and leaching energy.

THE FOUR-MINUTE MIRACLE
There’s something I do called Tabata that Japanese speed skaters invented. You can do it with any exercise: You do 20 seconds as hard as you can, then take a 10-second rest. Continue for four minutes. It’s the hardest exercise you’ll ever do in your life.

Read more from Kyra Sedgwick in the July/August 2010 issue of MORE, on newsstands June 22.

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