A Love/Hate Relationship with Cardio

The workout I love to hate (or hate to love, depending on the day). Cardio is sort of like kale, I know it’s good for me, but it’s hard to get motivated to actually do something about it. It’s not like I don’t do cardio; most recently I put myself through 60 days of a Shaun T workout which is about the most extreme cardio I have ever done. My past attempts at sustaining a cardio workout plan include traditional cardio like swimming, including training for and completing a 2.7 mile swim across Donner Lake, martial arts/kickboxing style workouts, running on a treadmill (let me just say I hate running of any kind) and I even struggled through a 5k race (did I mention I hate running).

I guess the moral of this blog post is that cardio doesn’t have to be the traditional long duration run/brisk walk (or elliptical machine), I mean, who has time for that kind of stuff? It is just as easy and more fun to incorporate sports that involve running like soccer or basketball, or even martial arts. The beauty of the Shaun T workouts I mentioned is that I can get the cardio aspect done quickly and also include strength and flexibility at the same time.

Just in case I needed any more reason to include regular cardio workouts into my routine, here are some more reasons (thanks Google!):

Most efficient workout for burning fat and calories for which can result in weight loss (with a proper diet of course)

-Increases heart strength which leads to more efficient blood circulation, even when not working out
-It increases lung capacity
-It helps reduce risk of heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes
It makes you feel good (endorphins anybody?)
Increases sex drive (how can that be a bad thing?)
Leads to better sleep
Reduces stress

What’s your favorite cardio workout?

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