MIX UP YOUR CARDIO

MIX UP YOUR CARDIO

We all know I’ve run a few marathons (if not then you need to get following me – links are all at the bottom of the page). However, when you’re training for a race like that, you obviously need to be doing a lot of cardio. This can get quite boring. Mixing up your sessions is great – some are more suited to high intensity and some are lower intensity, but all have their own benefits.

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So here are a couple of options to spice up your cardio sessions to stop you getting in a rut:

Running

Yeah I’m going to start with this. Even though I’ve said above that running can get quite boring, there are ways you can spice up your sessions. Your options include: find a track nearby and run 400 / 800 repeats, find a hill and run 20 / 30 / 50 second repeats, find a big park or river to run along and plod along for an hour or find a nice long straight / loop and run back and forth / round and round (relay style) with a friend.

Walking

When I was younger I used to hate going for a walk, I found it boring and I couldn’t understand why you would want to go out for hours on end. Now I literally cannot get enough of them. Every time I go home I ask my parents if we can go for a walk. Find somewhere nearby with a group of friends / a buddy to aim for and go explore! Hills / woodland are incredible (and challenging) – you’ll be working your glutes without even realising it!

Boxing

Dom and I tried this a couple of months ago and we loved it! Find a class nearby / ask a personal trainer to show you how to do this with a buddy in the gym and get to work. This is more high-intensity, and it’s great for working out your frustration! You won’t be leaving the gym in a bad mood!

Stair master

Get ready to get sweaty. This machine left me dripping! You can switch up your stair master workout by doing different variations – from straight climbing to side crab walks (be careful!) to alternating steps with a kick back and running up the stairs (again, be careful!)

Skipping

Fancy a high intensity workout that you can take anywhere? Pack a skipping rope and just go for it! Skipping is what children do – so you know it’s fun. Skipping also burns more calories than any other cardio exercise, per minute. So grab yourself a rope and get going. Try getting your tricks in (like crossover skips or double ups) to keep it interesting and to give you a goal.

So… what cardio will you be trying out next?

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