Welcome back to Game Strength Insider. Today I got in some awesome cardio after my chest and ab session and felt compelled to write an article on cardio. It was extrememly hard work and I’m grateful to have mustered up the will to get through it. I feel like a million beat up bucks and it feels great! I hope my ice machine is working.
It’s important to have cardiovascular endurance. Your strength and big muscles mean nothing if you cant utilize them for more than 10 seconds at a time. Cardiovascular endurance is mainly related to the health of your lungs and heart. You can improve your cardiovascular health by doing a number of high intesity exercises that get your heart rate going for an extended period of time. When you start to increase your cardio, your resting heartrate will drop as well as your blood pressure. Remember, when starting an exercise routine do not just jump into it. Going into it without a plan or giving it all or nothing right away can lead to injury or you can get tired and/or bored, causing you to burn out quickly.
How To Increase Cardio
1. Choose some exercises that you would like to do. There are several exercises that are great for increasing your cardiovascular endurance. Running, hiking, swimming, biking, and even dancing will improve cardiovascular endurance, over time. Also, you can mix different types exercises to get more variety from your endurance training, and ultimately keep you from getting bored.
2. Â Move into your routine at a pace that is comfortable to you. Gradually increase the amount of time and days you exercise. If you’re just getting into exercise, don’t go more than 30 minutes a day or it may cause you to quit. Remember you likely need exercise the most when you don’t want to do it. Be sure to push yourself while still making time for rest. Try exercising every other day at first, this will give you a day of rest after your workout. After you start to get more comfortable with the exercise increase the amount of time or distance in small increments.
3. Increase the speed or effort of your exercise. Once you start to get a little more comfortable with your exercise and it’s getting easier, itâs time to go harder.
4. Do other types of exercise or activities. It’s a good idea to do a different exercise once or twice a week. For example, if you primarily run, you can bike instead of running a couple times a week. This may help you from getting bored, and can bring some excitement into your life. I enjoy going switching between mountain biking & hiking on the weekends.
5. Evaluate your progress after you have been exercising for a week. Think about how much your endurance has improved, and how much better you may feel. I highly recommend keeping a workout log. In the log you can track the amount of time/distance you went each day and how you feel. This is awesome because you’ll have an immediate reference point for your current level of fitness.
6. Bring a friend with you! Exercise partners are great at for accountability and motivation when things get tough, especially when one gets discouraged. There have actually been studies that prove that people who exercise with a partner tend to workout at a higher intensity. This will cause you to burn more calories, getting your heart rate up higher and digging deep enough to push yourself that extra step that’s required to continually see progress.
Alrighty, that’s gonna do it for this one. I hope you found this article useful and if so, leave me a comment saying which parts you found to be most beneficial. I’ll see you around the site.
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