As your feet pound, one after the other on the spinning rubber, you wipe your face with the bottom of your t-shirt. You try desperately to avoid looking at the screen in front of you. So you fiddle with the volume, change the song, and take a long, deep breath, but it doesn’t slip your mind. So you look.
It’s only been three minutes!
If you’re sick and tired of the treadmill or the bike, consider switching up your cardiovascular training.
Just like doing the same exercises in a strength training routine becomes boring, constantly pedaling the bike or running on the treadmill can become dreadful. There is no rule saying that cardiovascular training has to be like this. Quite the opposite. In fact, you should look forward to cardiovascular training. Here are some great ideas for spicing up it up.
Take it outdoors.
Many people find outdoor cardiovascular training much more satisfying than indoor training. Even if you’re still running or pedaling, having a scenic environment and fresh air can be much more stimulating than a dark, stuffy gym. Trail biking or running can be a great way to put some excitement into your cardiovascular training.
Beat your best.
Consider setting a timer in whatever cardiovascular training you do, and record your progress. Grab a watch or set the timer on your phone and record how long it takes you to bike or run a distance. Write the time down and then try to beat it the next time. Making little challenges for yourself can be very motivating.
Try non-traditional forms of cardiovascular training.
Roller blading, kayaking, boxing, Zumba, hiking, and rowing are other great ways to change up your cardiovascular training. While some of these activities are better during warmer weather, many of them can still be enjoyed year round. Swimming is a great, low impact cardiovascular activity that can be enjoyed outdoors and indoors.
Cardiovascular training doesn’t have to be a drag. Look forward to cardio by taking it outdoors, timing yourself, and trying new cardiovascular activities.