How to Get the Most Out of Your Cardio Workouts

How to Get the Most Out of Your Cardio Workouts

If you’re barely reaching the 150-minute-per-week threshold of recommended cardio exercise per week, you need to get the most out of every second.

  • When using machines like treadmills or stationary bikes, ensure you’re still using correct form. Similar to coasting while riding a bike outdoors isn’t really a workout, resting your upper body on the handles of the machine or flopping on the console means you’re not executing the workout fully. If you’re struggling to keep upright, you probably set the machine too fast or challenging.
  • Keep your cardio workouts varied. Expand your horizons with running, walking, and even swimming, weather permitting. These can be done indoors or outdoors, though outdoors may make your workout more inspiring and invigorating.


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  • If you’re in the gym, implement an element of fun by making your own cardio circuit, which is especially affective for those with short attention spans. Create a mini triathlon for yourself, for example: 10 minutes on the bike, 10 minutes on the track, and 10 minutes in the pool doing laps or water exercises.
  • Cardio isn’t restricted to the gym or track. A fun evening dancing with friends, for instance, won’t feel like a workout even though you’re getting that heart rate up and breaking a sweat while you bust a move. New cardio challenges will also challenge different muscle groups, adding to your overall vitality.

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