For those of us who don't shed fat easily, cardio is an essential aspect of our training program. Despite how essential it is, I personally have issues getting it done and I am sure many of you do as well. How can we all manage to get our cardio done?
Cardio is a necessary evil. I know this. When I successfully lose fat it is because I am getting my cardio in. I am not lucky enough to be able to just lift and lose fat. This knowledge alone should change my mindset enough to get the cardio done, but it doesn't. So why is it so hard for me to get the cardio done?
Like many people, I find cardio to be extremely monotonous and boring. Because of this I need a strong strategy for getting the cardio in. While this is still a work in progress, the following plan is how I get that cardio done.
Entertainment Gets It Done
I have come up with the idea of creating playlists for specific types of cardio. I then listen to this music to help pass the time. It distracts my brain and keeps me from thinking about how boring cardio is. Additionally, I use Netflix to help pass the time while on a longer cardio session. I bring my iPad with me to the gym (I visit the gym for the specific purpose of doing cardio) and watch television shows to pass the time.
Extra Time Gets It Done
We all have downtime where we can use it for cardio. My son has soccer practice each week that lasts 90 minutes or more. I like to use that time to get the cardio done. In addition, he generally has a soccer game every weekend. We have to get to each game one hour prior to game time. I use that time to get some cardio done. A short jog is a great way to pass the time and get the cardio done.
Goal Setting Gets It Done
Make sure you have fat loss goals and that you keep them at the front of your mind. Review them regularly. These goals are going to inspire you to get your cardio done.
Just Get It Done!
It is important to have a strategy because nobody really likes doing cardio. A good strategy will make it so you get it done. It has been working for me of late. I find it much easier to stick to the plan. I am now shedding fat at a faster rate than ever before. It is amazing and fun at the same time!