Get More Out of Your Cardio Routine With These Fitness Tips

Cardio workouts, such as running, kickboxing, or spinning are essential to heart health, weight management, and athletic performance. Cardio gets your heart pumping, improves lung efficiency, and torches calories. Instead of dreading the gym, learn to streamline the process using these healthy exercise habits to get more out a workout than ever before.

Want to get more out of your next cardio workout? Learn how to streamline your cardio routine by incorporating these five habits into your weekly fitness routine.

  1. Combine HIIT with strength training. Combining strength training and HIIT aerobic moves into one workout (think TABATA) will get you more results every time. Not only will your workout fly by, you’ll build muscle and burn fat more quickly.

  2. Try Tabata. If you’re short on time, there’s no better cardio workout than the TABATA method. Designed to help Olympic speed skaters train, the system is easy to apply: 20 seconds of work, followed by 10 seconds of rest. Don’t be fooled, it’s not as simple as it sounds. Going all out for twenty seconds is no easy task with only 10 seconds of recovery time. The good news is, the rewards are well worth it. 

  3. Crank it up. Whether you’re running on the treadmill, or hitting the road, be sure to include inclines in your workout. As the grade increases, so will your heart rate, helping you burn more calories in a shorter period of time. Steep terrain will also strengthen your legs and core. Win, win!

  4. Let the beat drop. Never underestimate the power of a perfect workout playlist (preferably 120 to 140 beats per minute) to get the most out of your cardio workout. Matching your pace with a specifically timed beat has been shown to have a positive psychological impact - making tough workouts seem easier and banishing negative thoughts that can slow you down.

  5. Find a workout buddy. For better results and a little more fun, find a workout buddy. With a trusty workout buddy in tow there will never be a need to ask a random for a spot and you’ll have accountability on those days when you just don’t feel like working out.

Make it your goal to apply at least one of these tips to your weekly cardio routine and you’ll fast-track your fitness goals.

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