Maximise On Cardio Workouts

Do your cardio! This doesn’t have to be 20 minutes on the treadmill – why not mix it up and try a little circuit or some HIT (High Intensity Training).

Pick an activity you enjoy; before you know it, it won’t even feel like work at all, and that is one of the best ways to maximize your cardio workouts.

If you do weight training and cardio you should do your cardio after the weight training. This order of doing things is beneficial as this way round the cardio won’t sap your energy for pumping iron. This way has also been proven to burn more fat during the cardio part of your training.

Importance of cardio:

  • To lose fat and look better
  • Cardio can improve your mood and significantly reduce depression
  • Perform better at school or work
  • To live a longer, healthier life
  • To help gain muscle

Tips for an intense cardio workout:

  1. Include sprinting intervals – By alternating between a few minutes at a moderate pace and throwing in bursts at a faster pace, you’ll burn more calories, build endurance, and become faster and stronger.
  2. Use those arms – Many forms of cardio are all about the legs, so when possible, maximize your cardio time by focusing on working your arms as well.
  3. Lengthen the duration of your workout – Most cardio workouts last between 30-45 minutes, so burn more calories by pushing yourself a little longer.
  4. Incorporate strength training – The main focus of cardio workouts is to burn calories though high intensity movements, but you can also use this time to strengthen your muscles.

About The Author

Nicol Muller

Born and raised in Cape Town. As a child I was always influenced positively by my father to be active, from sports in school to attending gym. This grew on me throughout my life and I took an interest in running from the age of 10. Competing in my first 10km at the age of 16 , I was hooked on fitness. Not only for the benefits of what it did to my body, but for how it made me feel, my body, mind and soul felt alive! After school I went to the UK where I studied to become a Personal Trainer, living out my passion was a must for me. I returned to South Africa in 2011 after 4 years in the UK. I began working as a Personal Trainer within 2 weeks of landing. Fitness is more than about just looking good, it’s about feeling good. My aim is to instil this view into all my clients’ minds. If I can achieve this I believe I have achieved what I sought out to. I am a fun loving individual who believes that life is what you make of it. I am self-motivated and believe that I am a great motivator for others as well.

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