There are a bunch of ways to get the maximum benefit from your cardio workout. Here are our five top tips for ensuring you get the best possible results:
- START SLOW
If you’re new to cardio, it’s crucial that you don’t go too hard too fast. Don’t be afraid to start small and gradually build your way up. For example, your goal might be to run for half an hour – start off by walking then gradually introduce running by first running for 5 minutes and then walking the other 25 minutes. Keep increasing the length of time you run and reduce the time you walk and before you know it you’ll be running the full half hour!
- DO IT WITH A BUDDY TO STAY MOTIVATED
Does getting up and working out alone sound like something you’ll get over quickly? That’s an easy fix, do your cardio workout with a friend or family member. Not only will this help keep things interesting and fun, it’ll keep you accountable which will ensure you get enough cardio into your weekly exercise routine. Our buddy blog covers the best ways to get another person involved in your fitness journey to keep you motivated, check it out here.
- EAT CLEAN TO FUEL YOUR BODY FOR A BETTER WORKOUT
Make sure you are getting a balance of fruits, veggies, proteins, grains, cereals, and dairy (or alternatives) into your diet. By fuelling your body with good, nutritious, and delicious foods you are increasing your body’s potential to perform better while you workout. You can check out our range of healthy recipes created by our in-house nutritionist here for some meal inspiration!
- STAY HYDRATED
Another key piece of the puzzle is getting enough water into your body to avoid dehydration when you exercise and throughout the day. Aim to drink around 8 to 10 cups of water per day and remember, your body will let you know when it’s thirsty so don’t ignore it – drink up!
- PUT TIME ASIDE FOR REST AND DON’T FORGET TO STRETCH
Letting your body recover from an intense cardio workout gives it time to rejuvenate and revitalise. By choosing rest days between workouts and stretching after exercise and on your rest days, you reduce the risk of injury as well as increase the chance of your body performing well the next time you exercise. Just remember, only take one rest day at a time – any longer and you risk falling off the bandwagon, and you don’t want to undo all your hard work