Love it or hate it, cardio workouts, such as kickboxing, hiit sessions or body weight routines, are essential to overall health and critical to athletic performance. A typical cardio workout elevates the heart rate, helps improve lung efficiency, and burns a whole lot of calories and fat.
Step 1: Are you always using the treadmill? There are plenty of ways to up the intensity and hit your aerobic zone without running. Try this: Use light weights, like dumbbells or kettle bells, for a fast-paced strength-training session. That means minimal rest between sets (about 30 seconds) to boost your heart rate and metabolism.
Step 2: Mix it up Doing intervals on the cardio machines or chosing to do several types of machines in one session, will help keep cardio fun.
Step 3: Get the most out of the time you spend doing cardio A lot of people walk on treadmills and hold on to the handrail of the machine while walking for an hour. This only decreases energy output and oxygen consumption and significantly reduces the effectiveness of a workout. Trying to make it easy will only make it harder for you to reach your goals. Up the incline, keep up a good pace and getting some sweat going will get you the results your after.
Step 4: Add some beats Pick music with a quick beat, we're talking 120 to 140 beats per minute, to get the most out of your cardio workout. The right music can make a tough workout feel easier. It's also been shown to improve performance, increase motivation, and put distractions (like negative thoughts and fatigue) on pause.
Step 5: Chose the right footwear We have all tried starting out a cardio session and found ourselves stopping again because we've worn the wrong shoes. Choosing the right shoes like the Super Freak Cardio Sneakers, not only helps keep your feet healthy, but your heel, spine and your whole posture will be thanking you for it as well.
The Takeaway Make every workout count, choose the right footwear and find a fun way to do cardio, so you don't get tired of it, but instead gets the job done and you will be one step closer to your goal.