Are you ready to start a cardio training program that will help you shed those unwanted pounds, look and feel great, plus boost your self-confidence? Exercise Physiologist Kristine Hammond at Fitness One gives us simple guidelines on where to start.
“If you are serious about losing weight you have to get that diet right and work out,” said Hammond.
As a beginner, the first step is to simply get moving.
“Twenty minutes is a good place to start,” said Hammond. “In all honesty 30 minutes, five days a week, is what we need to get cardiovascular benefits.”
In order to really drop some weight, Hammond recommends logging 45 to 60 minutes of cardio most days of the week.
“Once you break into that cardiovascular zone past 30 minutes, you are really tapping into that fat store and burning fat,” said Hammond.
To increase the calories burned during a workout, increase the incline while using a treadmill. That way you burn more calories without having to run.
Hammond said the key is being consistent with a routine and sticking with it.
Hammond offers these tips to keep people interested in their cardio routine:
Set up some form of accountability: like joining a gym or scheduling a work out with a friend
Set goals and start slow: do 20 minutes a day 5 days a week, then as you build your endurance go for longer.
Schedule something competitive: find a local 5K or fun run or walk.
Finally, pick a type cardio you may enjoy like walking or riding a bike.
Train Less to Burn More
Want to learn how to train less to burn more calories? see these Workout Tips from Glory Billman, Fitness RN:
Did you know you can have the same results training just a few minutes a week at a high intensity as you can at a slower pace for 2-3 hours per week?
Thats right! Most people skip the gym due to busy schedules and inconvenience. But no more excuse for you. Not only does your metabolism get a longer boost from interval training, but most people tend to enjoy the shorter bursts of exercise and tend to stick with them regularly.
Try this 20 minute workout in your living room: 1 minute of squats 10 pushups 1 minute jumping jacks 10 burpees 1 minute spidermans Rest and Repeat 5x