Cardio is a necessity if you are looking to shed your extra weight and slim down, but it’s not always as fun as it’s cracked up to be. Sure, you’re first 5 minutes running on the treadmill can feel extremely freeing–especially when it’s storming out and it’s your only option to get you legs moving–but after so long, a cardio routine can begin to feel monotonous and very draining of your motivation and energy.
Luckily for you, there are lots of ways for you to make cardio training fun and motivating while promote your fitness goals.
1 Mix Things Up
Not only will using lots of different activities help keep your excited about your workouts, it will also help promote fat loss by keeping your body guessing. In addition, it will help you avoid injury.
When you stick to just one activity, it’s easy to overwork specific muscle groups, leading to an overuse injury before you know it that can keep you off your cardio routine for weeks or even months as you recover. That’s why it’s important to mix things up.
While you might do a lower body evoking bike ride today, tomorrow it might be a full body swim and, the next day, perhaps you’ll go for a brisk walk or jog. Participating in lots of different activities will help make sure you’re targeting all your muscle groups and keeping yourself interested.
2 Skip The Gym
While it may sound counterintuitive to your workout routine to forego your nightly gym routine, this is along the same lines of the above: do something different! Although you can probably find lots of new machines at the gym that you haven’t used before, the best way to avoid cardio boredom is to get in your daily cardio with the help of a fun activity.
One of the best ways to get in your daily cardio without thinking twice about it is to get your friends or family involved. A social sport or activity will get you running around with some friendly competition in no time at all, and you won’t even consider it exercise as you’re doing it.
Although multitasking can sometimes reduce your productivity throughout other parts of your day, when it comes to your cardio routine, it should be encouraged.
Don’t hesitate to watch TV, read a book, or rock out to your favorite songs as you enjoy your cardio. If you find yourself getting bored still, try picking an upbeat playlist and putting things on shuffle so you stop counting the minutes left on the timer. Still bored? Bring a friend along to chit-chat with. Having an accountability partner can make all the difference!