Creative Ways to Improve Cardio Training

Whether you are training for a race or just exercising to achieve that abs you’ve been dreaming of, routines can be daunting. Trust me, I know what  I mean here. Do you wonder  how can some people stick to their routine religiously? The secret is – creativity.

When people hear the term “cardio,” they usually think of a treadmill or other gym machine rather than improvements in heart health. Cardio, short for cardiovascular exercise, is any exercise that gets the heart rate up and increases blood circulation throughout the body. For these very reasons, cardio should not be neglected. Everyone has a maximum heart rate, your 100%, which you should not exceed during exercise. This can be calculated by subtracting your age from 220. There are a variety of ways to jack up the heart rate and get the blood flowing. The more creative your cardio, the more the fun you’ll have, and the more likely you are to continue with your exercise program and keep seeing results.

Running and music are two great partners. It is really hard for me to exercise without my music, but with music I can keep my runs interesting. Instead of running inside, map out a run and go for a jog outdoors. Incorporate the music you are listening to and do walking lunges, jumping jacks, hop squats, walking high knees, running high knees or burpees during the chorus, or switch to a different exercise during each chorus.  Have a song that you go to when you know you need to kick the cardio up a notch, something that motivates you. Mine is Alex Clare- Too Close. I was excited when I found that runtastic PRO has a Power Song feature, and now I use that to switch on Too Close whenever I need an extra boost.

 

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