Q: Hi Cat,
I need to get in some cardio and I'm finding it so hard to stay motivated while I walk on the treadmill. Can you give me some ideas on how to stay motivated?
~Slow go here we go
A: Thanks for your question! The first thing I want to address is why you feel you must get in cardio. Yes, exercise is important for the body, but it's also true that there are many ways you can work your heart besides walking on a treadmill! The point is, do what you love. Stick with exercises that you adore and that make you want to do them (maybe even want to do them more!). So if you find what you are doing to be a chore, ditch it and find something that interests you. If working out with a friend helps to keep you motivated, then do that. Or maybe you'd rather do group classes, where you can meet other people and workout. There are many other options than going it solo on a treadmill!
While walking is a good exercise, I wonder if it's just because you are bored while walking on the treadmill. There isn't much scenery to observe, however if you walk (or jog) outside, it might be more interesting for you. You could also do what's called "speed play," which is where you play with how fast you walk/jog. For example, you could run for 2 minutes @ 10 miles per hour and then walk up a steep hill for 1 minute, then repeat this cycle for 30 minutes. Running at such a fast pace would keep you focused on what you are doing instead of feeling bored. Speed play is also called interval training and it's a good way to burn fat :)
Here are some other great ways to work your heart and get in your cardio:
You see?! There is quite a plethora of options out there and it's up to you to try them and see which ones call to you! I'd advise doing a Google search in your area. Gyms, fitness clubs, recreational centers, sport organizations and dance studios are but a few places where you'll be able to find and participate in such fun activities.
To fun cardio days ahead,
Fit Tips & Workouts by Cat Wilson
Go ahead, Get Fit! Your Body Deserves It...and So Do You :)
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