Sunday, September 18, 2011

Bored with Your Cardio?

Bored on the treadmill? Tired of going up and down on the elliptical?
It's good that you are doing cardio- you have to do cardio for a strong heart and circulatory system. Here's a few tips to keep it interesting!

1. Raise It!
Raise the incline on the treadmill or elliptical for a challenging change of pace. The extra incline will force your heart to pump quicker and your muscles to work harder. The higher the incline, the more difficult. Start with a slight incline, then raise as you get comfortable. You may have to slow your pace down, which is fine.

2. Intervals
A simple interval training plan can help you burn extra calories while you keep your workouts interesting. Try doing your normal cardio at your usual pace, after 3 minutes, pick up the pace for 1 minute. Go back to your usual pace for 3 minutes and pick up the pace for another minute. Repeat up to 10 times.

3. Backwards
Try this one on the elliptical only. It's too dangerous on the treadmill. After you've been pumping up and down on the elliptical for a little bit, slow your pace down and try pedalling backwards. It may feel weird at first, but give it a shot for a few minutes, as it will work your muscles in a different way. Hold on to the handle bars for support.

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