Stop Being A Cardio Hater + Here's Why

For some reason, there's this one part of fitness that a lot of people just loveeeeee to hate. Can you guess what it is?

CARDIO. 

Yep. I get so many complaints from people telling me how much they despise cardio and avoid it like the plague. Or how the treadmill is enemy #1. And I get it. Jogging on a treadmill or elliptical for 45 mins can definitely be super dull.

Personally, I loved doing a nice long treadmill sesh. And I think the most important thing that people forget is just how crucial cardio is in the big scheme of health and fitness. But the best part is that it doesn't have to be boring. Say what?! Cardio doesn't have to be boring?! I know, I know, I know.

So in today's talk, I'm gonna explain why incorporating cardio is a must for your fitness success and share with you, my all time favorite (and fun) way to get it done. 

 

The Lowdown:

  • Cardio is short for cardiovascular fitness, which is a term used to reference the entire circulatory system.
  • Cardio is sometimes known as "aerobic exercise"— it is a form of exercise that requires pumping of oxygenated blood by the heart to deliver oxygen to working muscles and other tissues and organs in the body (fitwirr.com)
  • Not only is cardio excellent for your heart but it is the best way to lose weight, because of it's ability to burn the most amount of calories.
  • It's recommended that we get at least 2-3 cardio sessions a week, and if you're looking to lose weight, at least 3-5. 

So if you want to keep a healthy heart and you're looking to lose a few pounds then cardio is a must

Now that you have a bit of a background on cardio, let's get onto some fun ways you can do it without dying of boredom.

  • Dance classes (Ballet barre, Zumba, Salsa)
  • Hill sprints
  • Swimming
  • HIIT (high-intensity interval training)
  • Running after your kids
  • Going for a long walk with your dog
  • Skating (roller, inline or ice)
  • Taking brisk walks in the morning 
  • Playing Tennis
  • Vacuuming your house (while doing a little jiggle. haha.) 

*Here's the key to cardio: Anything that can get your heart rate up and your body moving is a good indication that you're doing it right.

Out of all those ways, my favorite would have to be HIIT. Which stands for High-Intensity Interval Training. If you've been following me on my social media channels or keeping up with my YouTube videos then you know my undying love for HIIT, and here's why:

1. It's short (my fave part). Because HIIT is so intense it doesn't need to be more than 30 mins for you to get the benefits of it. You also only need to do it 2-3 times of the week. 

2. HUGE fat burner. The intensity of HIIT is so efficient that even after you finish it your body continues to be in a fat burning state because of something called EPOC

3. Super diverse. There are SO many ways you can do HIIT. You can do them on a treadmill, you can do Tabata styled workouts, plyometric or bodyweight workouts, circuits, intervals. There are a plethora of ways that HIIT workouts can be done.

But be warned. A HIIT style of cardio isn't for everyone. Because of its high intensity and constant movement, if you suffer from any joint pain or previous heart conditions you should probably avoid HIIT. 


Still on the fence about making cardio fun? Watch this beginners guide to HIIT that I made last month to get a taste of what HIIT can be. And if you're still not convinced, I also made an easy Tabata workout you can try as well. Cardio doesn't have to be a long painstaking activity anymore. You've got options!


The Takeaway:

1. Cardio doesn't have to be and shouldn't be boring.
2. It could be done effectively in under 20 mins. 
3. There are actual benefits to incorporating it into your weekly fitness plan. 

It's something that needs to be done in order to have a well-rounded and balanced fitness routine. Not to mention just how much it benefits your heart. 

Now that you have a better sense of why cardio is important and a couple of fun ways you can incorporate it, I hope you have a more positive view of it if you were a bit resentful before. Hehe. 

So we've talked a bit about cardio and busted the "boring" myth. But what about strength/resistance training? No worries. That's exactly what our next topic is gonna cover because no fitness plan is complete without a balance of both. And I'll go over why next time. Which will bring us closer to helping you create your own workout plan!

So stay tuned. And can you do me a favor, please? If you know anyone who would love to know how to create their own plan or who just needs a bit of help with their fitness journey, invite them to join the discussion! The more people who get the fitness facts the better

I hope you enjoyed today's topic. Are you a cardio hater? Or a cardio bunny? Hit reply and tell me all about it. I'd love to know! 
 

-A