How-To: Improve your cardio workout

We all know that cardio is good for us. Some people are built for it. They love nothing more than sweating it up on the treadmill or going for a 20km run. If this isn’t you, don’t worry, you are far from alone! Luckily the clever crew from Lifespan Fitness have given us some tips to improve your cardio workout.

1. Choose an exercise you enjoy:

If you hate running, even if you force yourself to do it, chances are you’re going to lose interest and not keep it up. Pushing yourself outside your comfort zone is great, but when you’re talking about regular exercise and using your home gym equipment regularly, stick to something you actually enjoy.

This is the key to maximising efficiency and effectiveness. Whether it’s interval sprinting on a treadmill, swimming or kick boxing, choose something you know won’t feel like a chore every time.

2. Choose your time

If you’re going to do it anyway, you may as well make it at the most optimal time to see results. The best time for cardio is early in the morning or straight after a weight training session.

Make sure you eat an hour after your cardio session. After training, you heart rate will still be high, so let it burn your fat stores even after you’ve finished exercising!

3. Change it up

While it’s great to do the things you love (see point 1) your body needs to be kept guessing. If you are constantly doing the same thing on your home gym equipment, not only will you get bored, but your body will get used to it.

Experiment with different techniques and exercises on your gym equipment, you’d be surprised how many exercises you can do on one stand-alone piece of fitness equipment!

Speak to an expert for some tips about how to get the best use of whatever equipment you own.

4. Rest time isn’t rest time any more!

So you’ve done a set of weights and you’re taking a few moments before you begin the next set…instead of walking around or chatting, try some short cardio.

Jump on a rower or make the best of what you’ve got at home. Try running stairs if you’ve got them, or lunges up and down the hallway. This is the best way to take it up a notch! You’ll see massive improvements if this is your approach.

Would love to hear what some of your workout tips are!

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18 Comments

  • chuu_sxy18
    Reply chuu_sxy18 Monday 16th June, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    When your mind tells you to quit, your body wants you to keep going. Listen to your body. Always!

  • Reply daysofourlives123 Sunday 8th June, 2014 at 10:15 am

    great tips, thanks heaps!

  • Reply Sparkles17 Wednesday 30th April, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Great tips!

  • Reply Saroosh Wednesday 16th April, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    ugh I need to start working out!

  • Reply dj23249 Wednesday 16th April, 2014 at 8:08 am

    She is abosolutey stunning and not amount of exercise could help me look like that

  • Reply EmilyRose86 Monday 7th April, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    i’ll give this a go

  • judi1
    Reply judi1 Friday 4th April, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Good tips!

  • Reply dj23249 Friday 21st March, 2014 at 4:44 am

    I struggle with cardio work outs so much, thanks for some pointers

  • Reply candicelee22 Tuesday 18th March, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    Crossfit is amazing 🙂

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Tuesday 4th March, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Something to ponder on for sure

  • Reply yslyenom Thursday 27th February, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    Love her purple sneakers.

  • Reply lara.heaton Sunday 23rd February, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    good ideas

  • Reply SuperStylish Friday 21st February, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    So true! Great post

  • Reply BellaB Thursday 20th February, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I’m eternally optimistic that reading articles like this will actually inspire me…

  • Reply amanda6393 Thursday 20th February, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Good tips.

  • Reply dj23249 Thursday 20th February, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Finding time is my biggest problem

  • Reply yslyenom Tuesday 18th February, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    Thanks for the tips!

  • Reply Zerotolove Tuesday 18th February, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    great tips! x

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