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Cardio

Cardio

Ah, everyone’s favorite type of workout…cardio. Okay, okay, I’ll be honest, cardio was never really my thing but I have learned to like it. In the beginning, I would have only lasted for 10 minutes and would have been gasping for air shortly after starting, but now I’ve trained myself to become accustomed to doing these sorts of exercises.

Cardio is extremely important because it gets your heart pumping and blood flowing. I start my workouts with 15-20 minutes of cardio. My cardio, depending on how I feel that day, will be either the elliptical or the treadmill. If I’m on the elliptical, I select the highest level that I can handle (which is about 8 or 9),ย or if I’m on the treadmill, I’ll specifically select the “hill” routine and up the intensity to the highest level.

No matter where you stand in your workout journey, you can still reap the benefits of cardio. Have you ever had someone tell you, “In order to shred excess fat, you need to do cardio.” This statement is absolutely true. Although building muscle is done by lifting weights, fat is shredded by cardio, which burns fat.

Believe it or not, there are exercises aside fromย walking on the treadmill or going running. I’m not saying either of the two should be avoided however, you should find the best exercise that works for you. You will want to establish a routine that you can do repeatedly and that you can perfect so you can do it effortlessly.

Some other cardio exercises/machines are:

Elliptical

elliptical

Jump roping

jumping rope

Stair climbing

stair climbing

Dance (aerobic, Zumba, etc)

Cycling (bike riding, spinning/cycling classes, etc)

 

A quick tip for using the treadmill, elliptical and other cardio machines: up the intensity/level/incline so you can burn more muscle in a shorter period of time instead of drawing it out longer

 

Happy working out ๐Ÿ™‚

19 Comments
  • Denise
    Posted at 23:49h, 23 January Reply

    I love this article, I started my exercise routine back up in October 2015 and I have been lifting weight 5-6 days per week because I have been resenting cardio. However, I used to love Spinning and I plan to start it back up tomorrow because your article has motivated me. Thanks Raven

    • Raven | Simple Sassy Sultry
      Posted at 15:46h, 24 January Reply

      Aww thanks Denise! I like that you’re lifting almost every day of the week; thats awesome!
      You should def start back spinning–like I suggested, pick a cardio routine you like and it won’t feel as if you’re working out ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Denise
    Posted at 21:39h, 24 January Reply

    You inspired me to start back doing spinning today and I last for an hour. I used to dread adjusting to those hard seat but I didn’t even think about it, so now I will do it before my weightlifting each day. You Rock, Raven.

  • Pam
    Posted at 06:39h, 25 January Reply

    zumba is my favourite workout :)I too used to dislike cardio but now its the only thing I can get on with ๐Ÿ˜€
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfiโ™ฅ

    • Raven | Simple Sassy Sultry
      Posted at 17:11h, 25 January Reply

      Giiirl, I don’t see how you can handle Zumba. I lose my breath too quickly lol. I may have to give it another try

  • Rachel
    Posted at 14:08h, 25 January Reply

    Great post, I have always wanted to try spinning. I am just afraid I won;t be able to catch up.

    http://www.racheldinh.com

    • Raven | Simple Sassy Sultry
      Posted at 17:13h, 25 January Reply

      You should def try spinning. Don’t worry about keeping up at first, just try your best and the next times to come, you’ll be able to push yourself to get just as good as the others around you. Trust me, the other people taking the class were in your shoes at some point

  • alessandra
    Posted at 16:19h, 25 January Reply
  • Erica
    Posted at 20:18h, 25 January Reply

    Great post and reminder that there are ways other than running to get your heart rate up and break a sweat (which is super important both for keeping things interesting and for people who have bad knees).

    Erica
    http://www.pumpsandpushups.com

    • Raven | Simple Sassy Sultry
      Posted at 09:25h, 26 January Reply

      Yes! I feel as if most people automatically assume they have to run for their cardio and that’s not the case I’m trying to get everyone to think outside of the box and do what works best for them. Thanks for reading Erica. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kay
    Posted at 08:46h, 26 January Reply

    I do a cardio workout three times a week, and whilst it is very tiring, the results are worth it! I feel a lot more energetic and healthy since I started my routine. Great post!

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com

  • Lauren Farrell
    Posted at 09:48h, 26 January Reply

    Zumba is the best!! Such a fun way to torch calories and get your heart going. Hope your week is off to a great start.

    http://www.laurenfarrellny.com/blog

    • Raven | Simple Sassy Sultry
      Posted at 10:35h, 26 January Reply

      I seriously have to give Zumba another try. I got tired out too quickly. Thanks for stopping by Lauren. I hope your week is going well ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ashley
    Posted at 10:13h, 26 January Reply

    I love these sassy tanks! So cute! Fun workout gear is definitely a motivator to get me to the gym- good luck with your fitness goals, lady!

    -Ashley

  • Anna
    Posted at 23:31h, 30 May Reply

    I love that you included dance as a cardio workout! It really is, and it helps build muscle too! Many people just think about treadmill when they think cardio, way to go outside of the box! ๐Ÿ™‚

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