When you start doing cardio there are many things you can do to make sure you get the results you want. But results don’t come easy, so how do you go about exercising consistently and actually enjoying it?
You’ve probably heard the most obvious benefits of exercising before, like burning calories or improving stamina. But did you know that it can give you more energy, relieve depression and you’ll generally start to feel better, or did you know that regular cardio exercise can help memory?
Exercising also helps your body regulate blood sugar levels, you’re less prone to disease and it’s good for your neck and back.
But in order to stay consistent you should focus on what goal you want to achieve from the workout, not just the general benefits(although they are good). Do you want to lose weight, run a marathon or just be healthier?
When you know your goal you can stay motivated by tracking your progress toward that goal. If you want to lose weight you can take progress pictures, if you want to run a marathon you can track how far you can run or how long you can keep going. There are a million ways to track progress, and when you find a way that works for you it’ll be way easier to stay consistent.
If your goal is to run every day you can track how many days in a row you’ve been running. There are several good apps you can use to track progress like Strava or runkeeper.
Set aside time to work out.
This makes it easier to just do it and stop lying to yourself. Remember, there are no excuses. Everyone has at least a few hours a week if they plan to do something.
How often should you run?
If you google this you’ll find thousands of different answers, it depends on your current fitness level and your goal. My recommendation would be to do it as often as you can handle. If my goal was to run every day, I’d start of with maybe 3 days a week and work my way up from there. It’s better to start with a slightly easier “realistic” goal and scale up from there, instead of trying to reach the top straight away and then fail.
Add some variety.
Don’t get stuck in treadmill purgatory, this is a perfect opportunity to see nature. Explore new trails, reach the top of a mountain, there are so many places to see so why stay indoors?
Do something you enjoy.
Although i’ve focused on running there are many other things you can do. Pick an activity you like whether it’s running, swimming or riding bikes, there are endless options.
As i mentioned earlier, you should always track improvement. Try to do better every week and you’ll start looking forward to exercising.
Find a routine that works for you.
Following these tips will make it easier to stay motivated and consistent. The only thing left to do now is to find a routine that works for you. So just find one that fits your needs and feel free to ask in the comments if you need any help.