If I had to say that there is one type of exercise that I absolutely despise, it would probably be cardio. That’s probably not the sentence you expected me to start with, but I feel like I had to say it as I know a lot of you feel the same way. I think my bad feeling towards cardio is more mental than physical, but for me there is nothing more boring than cardio activity.
However, I also know that if I want to continue a good exercise program for weight loss, I need to incorporate cardio into my routine at least three days a week for a minimum of twenty minutes a day. What I discovered is that while many think of cardio as aerobics, running, or jogging on a treadmill, there are many other types of cardio you can do to keep yourself fresh and fun.
If you belong to a gym, chances are you have a plethora of machines to choose from, such as stair masters, elliptical trainers, treadmills, stationary bikes, and rowing machines. You are in a very lucky situation. I’ve found that using all of these machines will keep you motivated to do your cardio routine. For example, you could do the rowing machine on Monday, the treadmill on Wednesday, the stair master on Friday, and then the next week, mix it all up and add something new.
This keeps it constantly changing and in turn looking new and fresh. Just remember to do twenty minutes of whatever you do, vigorously, three days a week.
No need to worry just because you don’t have a gym membership. You still have many options. You could go for a brisk walk or jog in your neighborhood. You could hop on your bike and go for a nice but brisk ride, or you can go to the local park and have a game of basketball or something.
There are endless possibilities when it comes to making sure you get your twenty minutes of cardio at least three times a week. All you need to do is figure out what you like, what keeps you motivated, and then do it. A friend of mine joined a local basketball league for boys his age. He plays twice a week and then on his third day he rides his bike for twenty minutes. I know a neighbor of mine who cuts wood. Yes, that’s right, chop wood. Since he has a wood burning fireplace, he forgoes the log splitter and chops all this wood by hand, well actually he uses an ax but you get the point. He says it’s a great way to get some exercise while also doing something that needs to be done before winter hits.
As you can see, there are a variety of cardio activities to choose from. Not all cardio routines have to be cut and dry like jogging or running. Find one or a few that interest you and just go and do it.
Just remember that, as with any type of exercise routine, you should check with your doctor first to make sure you can handle the workload.