Saturday, January 30, 2010

Fun with Cardio


We all know that cardio is an important part of our exercise program (to strengthen the heart and lungs, improve endurance and burn calories to name a few). We also know it is sometimes hard to imagine the words "fun" and "cardio" together.

Even I have to admit that cardio tends to be the least favourite part of my workout. There is just something about going round and round on my elliptical trainer for 30 minutes that is...well, boring.

But....I realized that it doesn't have to be that way. Here a few tips to help you having fun with cardio:

1. Pump Up The Jam - Music can help motivate you through the toughest workouts and even put a smile on your face :)

2. Mix It Up - Who says you have to spend 45 minutes on one piece of equipment? Try to break it up with 15 minutes each on the treadmill, stationary bike and rower.

3. Do What You Like - If you hate the elliptical trainer, you are not going to be motivated to do your best. Choosing the modality that you like will help you stick with it.

4. Think Outside The Box - Take your cardio out of the gym and try swimming, cycling, running, hiking...the possibilities are endless.

What is your best cardio tip?

Stay Healthy,

1 comment:

  1. Great tips for getting out there and moving Tracy!
    I find I especially enjoy activities like biking, hiking, and such when I'm being active with others. If a friend or family member joins in, it suddenly doesn't seem like a chore to get out there and excercise :-)



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