All About Getting Back Into Your Cardio Workout Routine
We all have those periods when we just don’t exercise, but that isn’t the biggest problem that you may face. The hardest part of not working out for a prolonged period of time is getting back into your old routine. Cardiovascular exercise is of course a fantastic way to increase your metabolism, burn calories, lose weight, strengthen your heart and lungs, and to get your muscles nice and toned again. The problem is getting back into a routine and getting into the mindset which will allow you to stick with a workout and be good at it. Cardio can be boring, it can be tedious, and it can take a while to get back into, but hopefully with some of our tips you will have a much easier time than others.
Make A Plan
In order to get back into the cardio mood you need to make a plan or a schedule, even write it down if you have to. It’s a lot easier to skip out on your daily workout if you don’t have it planned. Having it planned makes you more motivated, plus it makes skipping it much harder to excuse. If you have it planned into your daily schedule you are much more likely to follow through with it.
Another great way to make sure that you always do your cardio is to always do it at the same time. Humans are creatures of routine and we love things being the same. Working out at a different time every day will make it much harder to follow through. Having a consistent schedule will build muscle memory and make it a normal part of your daily routine.
A misconception that many people have is that it is easier to work out or do cardio while reading or watching TV, but that is not true. Reading or watching a show while running or cycling will do nothing but distract you from what you should be doing. The only thing that we would recommend is listening to some fast paced music, but other than that, all of your focus should be on the exercise at hand.
You Need To Warm Up
Many people stop doing their cardio routine because of things like pulled muscles or being overly sore. An easy way to avoid this crappy excuse not to run or cycle is to warm up first. Stretching your muscles and getting them warm and limber will make the cardio itself much easier to perform.
One of the best ways to make sure that you keep your motivation is to add variety to the mix. Doing the same old treadmill routine day after day gets boring, and boredom is a big killer of motivation. Add in some cycling, running outdoors, or even swimming. Also a good idea is to engage in interval training, which involves working out intensely followed by short rests; it’s a good way to keep motivation and to burn calories quicker too.