There are key benefits that we gain from cardio training. However, most people do not know how to approach cardio training in order to achieve maximum results i.e. muscle gain and overall body fitness. In order to enjoy and get the best from cardio workout consider the following things:
- Plan ahead of time. Before you begin cardio training, have an outline of the things that you want to do. This will make you psychologically set and save you time that could have otherwise been lost trying to determine what to do.
- Do your warm up. Having a warm-up session before starting cardio training prepares your body adequately for the real activity. This reduces your risk of accidents and injuries. It also gives you confidence in whatever cardio exercise you choose to undertake.
- Pay attention to the task. Cardio training is an important aspect of body fitness, so give it the time and space it needs. Do not decide to catch up with your reading while doing cardio. You will benefit more if you direct your attention to what you are doing.
- Have consistency. You need to be consistent in your cardio exercise. Doing it for one or two sessions then stopping will not help your case, you need to be consistent and stick to the routine/ plan that you have created. The longer you do it the better the results.
- Include bodyweight exercises in your routines. Bodyweight exercises break the monotony of cardio exercises. They spice things up while adding some benefits to your training.
- Have the will to go on. Sometimes you may feel like you want to give up but you need to keep going. Silence those small voices that tell you it’s too much and march right on. You can do it. You need to do it. Keeping at it will get you the results that you desire.
- Vary the degrees of intensity. Try to vary the degree of intensity of the exercises. Use steady pace cardio if you are training for long distance races. Varying levels of intensity enhance metabolism.
- Keep a record of your routines. Keeping a record that shows your routines and progress will guide you to identify which the exercises that work for you and those that don’t. This way you will be able to focus on the exercises that work for you.