Friday, August 5, 2011

Get the most out of your cardio routine.

I get a significant amount of junk emails, some of which I actually chose to receive. I look forward to those emails, especially the ones that come from the American Council on Exercise. They almost always provide links to interesting articles—the occasional video, too.

I'd like to share one of those videos with you today. It's all about cardio, and how to get the most out of your cardio workouts. There are, in fact, a few things we're doing wrong. Take a look:

To recap:

Eat before you hit your favorite cardio machine! Choose healthy carbs, which you'll ultimately need to fuel your efforts.

Don't use hand weights of any kind while walking and running. It really isnt' doing you any good. In fact, it might even be harming you. Go for the weighted vest if you really feel the need.

Switch it, change it..rearrange it. Never do the same cardio blast every time you need a workout. Your body, like your brain, will get bored.

And now, it's Friday. Baby and I are (yes, again) headed to the beach. I can't wait to actually, physically take this child to the beach for the first time. Bring on the sunscreen!

Question: How do you get the most out of your cardio routine?

1 comment:

Erin said...

Hi Tara, Great posting! I always use weights on the treadmill so I'll have to stop! I didn't realize it was a no-no.

Anyways, one way that I like to mix it up is by doing intervals where I run as fast as I can for the refrain of the song and then walk during the chorus, or vice versa.

I also enjoy running outside so much more now! It constantly challenges me as I have to be more aware of what is going on around me. Sometimes I even use the surrounding environment to change up my routine; for instance, I'll jump on a bench (carefully), or zig zag down the street, sometimes I even take off my shoes and run in the grass.

I hope you have a great weekend!!

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