Everybody hates Cardio. Ok, ok, maybe not everybody lol. But the majority of us do. Here's how I get my cardio in without dreading every second of it...
BREAK IT DOWN! I personally don't like running for long periods of time, ESPECIALLY on a treadmill. So I turn my run into a series of sprints and jogs outside on the track! I try to run at least 1 mile before each workout. I sprint halfway around and then jog the other half, 4 times (4x around an outdoor track = 1 mile). I make sure each sprint is faster than the last to really challenge my body.
USE AN APP! When your favorite track star is in your ear congratulating you on running your fastest 1K and winning a "trophy" for it, you can't help but feel good! That's one of the many things I love about the Nike Running app. I also like how I can see a color coded map of my runs that shows my speeds (bright green = fastest, dark red = slowest), pace, and miles. It kinda motivates me to do even better with my next run.
How do you make your cardio less dreadful?
One of my coworkers (male, of course lol) said to me yesterday while we were talking about getting our bodies ready for the summer, "I bet I can work out longer than you can."
I simply smiled and said, "You might, but I'm sure you won't see the same gains I do. Quality over quantity, hunny."
He laughed and said "Yeah, whatever."
A lot of people have the belief that the more you workout, the more results you'll see. Well... that's not entirely true. Yes, the individual who works out 5 times a week will see more progress than the individual who works out once a week. However, if that individual is not doing the right exercises and/or not doing those exercises correctly, they won't see much progress and run the risk of injuring themselves.
Those who are just starting to really get serious about their fitness tend to want to go from 0 to 100 real quick. Again, this approach isn't safe nor is it necessary. I've said it before: it's okay if you can't make it through an hour or 2 hour long workout! A 10-minute yoga session in the morning, or 15-minute body toning circuit after work will have you feeling (and looking) just as good! Take your time and work your way up to the longer and more intense stuff!
QUALITY is more important than quantity!