Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Shake Up Your Cardio Routine

Do you often walk into the gym and get on the same piece of cardio equipment? Maybe even get on the same machine? Do you notice that initally you were seeing results and now you have plateaued? Then it's time to shake things up with a new routine! The key to acheiving those fitness goals it to have variety in your routine. Here are some different ways to make cardio more interesting and fun:
  • If you spend most of your time on one piece of cardio equipment, try breaking it up into 2-3 shorter workouts. For example: 15 min. stepmill, 10 min. bike, 20 min. treadmill.
  • Be creative with using different programs on each machine. So if you do the elliptical on manual every time, try the hill program or interval training. Many machines have about 10 different programs to chose from.
  • Get out of your comfort zone and try a different sport each month. Sports like tennis, racquetball, and squash are always fun to try! If you are in a cold climate, try skiing or even ice skating.
  • Workout like a track star for a day. Find a track or stay on the treadmill and do speed work. Or pretend you are running a race and time yourself for a 3 mile run.
  • Take a class. Many people are shy when it comes to taking classes. Most health clubs offer a variety of classes (spin, kickboxing, rock climbing, etc). If you don't belong to a health club and have a Lululemon store in your area, check out their class schedule. Each Lululemon store has free classes each weekend!

The biggest goal should be to have fun while you're working out!

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