You think cardio is boring? 4 tips to make it more exciting!

You think endurance training is boring? Getting on the cross trainer or bike after strength training is something you’d rather do without? The good news is that cardio doesn’t have to feel like a chore, it can actually be fun. In this article, I’ll give you 4 tips to make your cardio workout more exciting!

#1 Different sports

Getting on a cardio machine can be boring because you’re literally not moving from the spot and if you think about it, our bodies aren’t made for it either. I invite you to expand your horizons, because there are many other sports that have the same effect as endurance training on a cardio machine. For example, soccer, volleyball, and tennis are at least as, if not more, intense as cardio workouts at the gym. If your friends don’t have time, besides team sports, there are sports you can do on your own, such as basketball, swimming, or boxing.

#2 Walking & Biking

You don’t have to do an extra workout for cardio, because there are ways to incorporate it into your daily routine without even realizing it. There are many routes we take every day, such as walking to work, to the city, or even to the gym, and often we use the car, bus, or train to get there. Instead of doing that, we can just walk or take a bike, depending on how long the distance is. There are many ways to automatically move more, including little things like taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

#3 HIIT Training

If you find endurance training boring, there’s an easy solution: HIIT training. This form of training is much shorter, but just as effective as a longer cardio workout. HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training, where you train at high intensity in the shorter intervals and at low intensity in the longer intervals. In addition, HIIT training can be done with barbells, dumbbells, your own body weight, or other sports, so it’s not limited to cardio equipment.

#4 Going for a walk

Another option is to go for a walk. As mentioned earlier, it is a good idea to walk your daily routes instead of using vehicles, but a deliberate walk allows you to get out into nature. Compared to the gym, where you work out indoors, a walk outside in the fresh air is what our bodies are made for. This form of cardio is not only physical exercise, but also mental relaxation.

Conclusion

As you can see, cardio doesn’t have to be boring. At the end of the day, cardio is about burning extra calories, improving endurance, or both. There are many different ways to accomplish this, and the gym isn’t the only place to work out. Different sports, walking or biking your daily commute, HIIT training, and a walk in nature are just a few of the many options and I hope that with this food for thought I was able to help you find the cardio workout that appeals to you the most.

Did these tips help you make your cardio workout more exciting? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments, I look forward to exchanging ideas with you. If you have any other questions about cardio training, you can ask me there too, I’ll be happy to help!

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