23 Jan 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), 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 from 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:
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 🙂