HOW TO?! Spice Up Your Cardio.
Cardio MACHINES. WoW where do I start?
Whenever I’m in the gym and I walk through the cardio area, 90% of the people there look bored, plodding away with no real plan and getting NOWHERE fast. I try to smile but it’s difficult because a little bit of my soul has died.
For the record, I have nothing against cardiovascular training, I just think that if you’re going to do something it should be fun and if it’s not fun you’re not doing it right.
Plus, if you’re having fun with your training you’ll put more effort into it, and more effort equals better results.
I mean, If you enjoy using cardio machines and find they’re getting you the results you want, then by all means keep doing what you’re doing.
However, if you’d like a few different ideas on How To?! Spice Up Your Cardio then keep on reading because I’m about to hook you up...
Lack of variety is one of the main reasons cardio routines get killed off. Humans have attention spans, some short, some long, but everyone has a breaking point. Don’t do the same cardio everyday, you’ll just get bored. There are loads of ways to mix it up and keep things interesting, why not:
> Increase your training intensity by doing intervals.
> Instead of using the machines do a circuit.
> If you’re ’running’ add an incline.
> Learn a skill, ’jump rope’ once or twice a week.
> Play a sport; football, netball, tennis... whatever you fancy.
Without any noticeable progression you’re likely to give up whatever it is you’re doing, especially when the benefits don’t appear to outweigh the costs.
> You can’t manage what you don’t measure. Get a training diary, keep a log for 4weeks then look back and see if/how you’ve improved.
> If your goal is to change your body composition ie. Tone Up/Lose Weight, why not take some progress pictures every 4weeks.
If you’re not noticing some form of progress at least every 4-6 weeks then you need to change what it is you’re doing!
Get fitter, faster, stronger and benchmark your progress by taking part in a fitness challenge from time to time.
Try that out, see how you do, then be sure to re-test yourself in the near future to measure your progress.
Don’t just nod your head and say ’hmmm yeah that’s a good idea’ actually do it!
TRUST ME, there is no better motivator than progress, and this simple workout will deliver big on both.
Try these few things out and I guarantee you’ll get some good results. In the meantime, if you’ve got any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.