How does anyone get the straight scoop on cardio? There seem to be so many different camps out there. Gym machines. Roadwork. HIIT training. Turbulence.
Over the past few years I’ve been trying different methods in effort to stay happy with what I’m doing and where it’s taking my body. I’m not sure where you are in your journey, but me, I’m always fighting my age induced body issues and my need to keep stuff fresh and fun. I’m in general happy with my stuff, it’s just I’m always on a quest to get a little tighter in the middle…
Made me think of that funny scene from “Napoleon Dynamite”….I love how she says, “I want that…”
You know, what they say is true. If it isn’t fun, you won’t do it.
What I’m figuring out is, with cardio you need to blend HIIT training (High Intensity Interval Training, like jump squats, burpees, sprints, plyo) with lower intensity steady state stuff (like elliptical time and running) to get the best burn.
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Here are a few of my fav moves for each:
For my HIIT work I just marked off 5′ increments from 0-100′ on my driveway. Yeah, my neighbors think I’m nuts. LOL. I gotta get my sweat on, so whateva!
Grapevine (relay, I do 100′ x 10 sets)
Heismann (relay, same as above)
High Knees (relay, same as above)
Jump Squats (x100 with 3 sets)
Sprints (relay, I do 50′ turn and return)
Nordictrack (30 mins at a good intensity where I can’t carry on a convo)
Running (Roadwork. I run 30-40 minutes depending on what else I did that day or my time restraints. I’m slow, 8 mins a mile, average 4.5-5 miles)
When I combine the steady state cardio with HIIT I find that the steady state stuff is a piece of cake. (Literally, I wish!) My lungs get a good workout and my legs stay on their A game. Benefits….