When it is time to get a cardio workout, what do you typically do? If you’re like many people when exercising, you jump on the machine and begin exercising. There’s little thought put into it; you’ve done this a hundred times before so you know how the process goes.
However, next time you have a workout planned, you might want to slow down and think about what you are doing a bit more. Here are four checks to be sure to help you understand what you are doing during your cardio workouts. They’ll help you to get better results…
1. Check Your Breathing. Most people do not think about their breathing during cardio training as it is something that occurs naturally.
While this may seem okay, it isn’t. It would be best if you focused on regular controlled breathing because this can ensure enough oxygen is entering your lungs and muscles; assisting you destroy fatigue before it hits.
2. The next step is to monitor your heart rate. While this does take a little bit of work on your part, it can help ensure you’re working in your chosen target zone.
Some days you may”feel” you missed out on working in the target zone you desired to: remember some days feel harder than others.
3. Pay Attention to Your Form. If you’re using a cross-trainer machine that simulates stair climbing, walking, or jogging, or using a treadmill, it could be easy to think form will take good care of itself.
However, there are lots of ways people cheat these exercises, using a poor form as they do. For instance…
are you leaning on the handlebars?
Are you making sure that your feet are facing forward with each step you take?
To see terrific results you will need to make sure you check your form.
4. Be Present. Finally, it is essential that you be present in the moment. It’s easy to zone out and watch TV or read a book but generally speaking, if you are zoning out you are not focusing on what you are there to do – workout. Moreover, you are not working as hard as you may be either.
Be present in the moment and feel your body functioning.
If you do the four above steps, you can rest certain you’ll get more out of every one of your cardio workouts and will see the best results.
Make simple changes to your daily routine – include exercise to help lower both your glucose levels and your weight.