If cardio was a person, he/she would be plain old BORING. Boring because it’s just about as fun as staring at a wall.
Of course running specifically trims you up faster than any other kind of exercise. I shared in my latest video that I am upping my fitness game, and running is one thing I am diving head first into. I am BIG on weight lifting. I LOVE it. Pop on a podcast or music, and I can lift weights for a solid hour. And that’s what I have been doing consistently for the past several years. There have been periods where I’ve done consistent cardio in there too, and those were the times that I was at my best, in my personal opinion. Where I looked and felt my best.
On the bright side of the bore, INTERVALS are even better than straight running. I know never to say never, but I’m very tempted to say that I don’t think I could ever run for 30+ minutes straight. Luckily for me, intervals are where we see the most change and provide amazing health benefits. Doing intervals really revs up your metabolism and aids in major fat loss.
Since I hate running outside (also a plus side because I like to stay out of the sun), I always run on a treadmill. Running on a treadmill helps me track my time, speed, and mileage so easily.
Here’s my exact treadmill workout (it will leave you SWEATY as hell):
+ Walk at a regular pace for 2 minutes (3.2 speed for me)
+ Jog for 2 minutes (6 speed for me)
+ Walk for 1 minute
+ Walk at a 9 incline at 3 speed for 2 minutes
+ Walk for 2 minutes at 3.2
+ Sprint for 1 minute (7 speed)
…And then repeat for 45 minutes, or an hour if I’m feeling really into it.
What helps me GET INTO IT? The Real Housewives. Specifically, The Real Housewives of Orange County and Beverly Hills. 100% of my Bravo TV watching is done on the treadmill. I’m currently on season 6 of RHOBH and I think Yolanda’s divorce is impending…
Seriously, anything that can provide a good distraction works wonders. I would not be able to run for 45+ minutes even with just music. I’m still able to track my intervals and maintain them while watching a show on my ipad mini. Best investment ever, by the way!
My cardio days are now FUN. I look forward to them because I want to catch up on my fave Bravo show. Whatever works, right?!
Ok, runners: any tips? Please share!