Although strength training and spot toning are important, cardio should always be included in your routine to achieve a full body workout. However, many people tend to put off cardio due to the amount of time that is required to receive maximum benefits. If you struggle with working cardio into your fitness routine, then you may be relieved to know that even short bursts of cardio can add up to a full workout when spread out over the day. Here, are three simple ways that you can fit cardio into your everyday life without sacrificing your other responsibilities.
Wake Up Early
When the morning alarm goes off, it can be tempting to hit snooze and catch a few more minutes of sleep. Interestingly, sleeping late can often lead to a decrease in your mental focus as well as grogginess. To arrive at work energized, wake up early and take a brisk walk or jog. By getting your cardio in early in the morning, you will be able to enjoy the benefits all day. You can read about how Dr. Oz recommends morning exercise here.
Turn Lunch into a Power Walk
In today’s competitive work environment, you may be tempted to work through your lunch at the desk. However, sitting for so long at a time can actually lead to a loss of productivity. Instead, plan to take a walk or jog on your lunch break. If your gym is not nearby, then head outside to a local park or walking trail. To avoid excuses, make sure to store everything you need in your office. Then, all you will need to do is put on your StrengthTape athletic tape, some walking shoes and hit the pavement.
Make it a Social Event
Have you ever wondered why so many of our social events revolve around going out to eat? While this may be an enjoyable way to spend the evening, it adds up to more calories and contributes to an unhealthy lifestyle. To do something different, try inviting your friends out for a spontaneous soccer match, or you can meet up at the gym and chat as you work out on the treadmill. For work meetings, invite your colleagues for a walking brainstorming session. Families can also head to the park and fit in some cardio as they play together. By making it fun, you will hardly notice that you are working out.
Finding ways to fit cardio into your day may be challenging, but with a little creativity you can find fun ways to burn calories and strengthen your body. By waking up early and turning exercise into a social event, you can always fit in a workout so that you will meet your fitness goals.