Build Your Cardio Plan With These Eleven Tips

Sometimes It Makes Sense To Go Back to Basics

If you’re like me you find that from time-to-time it makes sense to dial things back a little bit and that can be as simple as returning to some of the basics that brought you to the dance in the first place. Isn’t life complicated enough? One of the suggestions concerning steady cardio in this article, I may not totally agree with, because I’ve seen conflicting information on interval style verses, let’s say, straight up jogging for example. Either way the point is to get moving regardless of the exact particulars. Like the shoe maker says…Just Do It.

Want a Wee Refresher on the Basics? Read This…


Stick with these basics during your next cardio routine, follow these tips, and bring your fitness to new heights.

1. Plan:

Know exactly what you are doing ahead of time. Aim for 2-3 sessions per week and workouts that progressively get harder.

> Being able to handle more is your first basic indicator that you’re progressing.

2. Timing:

If you always end up skipping out on your cardio then do it when you first get to the gym or do it on off days.

> It’s not neccessarly when you do it, just don’t skip it.

3. What’s In Your Hands?

If you have a magazine or book that you thought about catching up on while you worked out, throw it out. Nobody has ever gotten fit while reading and doing cardio.

> You can only focus on one thing at a time, make it your workout. Save the book for before bed.

4. Warm-up:

Doing warm-ups will increase mobility, decrease your chance of injury, and prepare your bodies systems for the task at hand.

> Warm-ups are commonly overlooked, skip them and you’re bound to get hurt.

5. Avoid Steady State Cardio:

Unless you’re training for a long-distance race, avoid staying at the same pace for an extended period of time at all cause.

Varying degrees of intensity will increase your metabolism greater than steady work.

(Editor Note: Not willing to say “avoid” myself…If you’re out there then you are getting some benefit)

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