So tomorrow is “Cardio Tuesday”. Not that it’s much different than, say, “Cardio Friday” but I use Tuesday to refocus my efforts after the weekend. And, well, Mondays are reserved for catching up with my gym friends so, admittedly, my workouts are not exemplary. I tend to dread doing just cardio. I prefer other ways to get my heart rate up through circuit training, HIIT training, or an awesome session with Team dieZel. (I’m recently obsessed with flying push up burpees down the 53 yard hall downstairs) But I’m actually looking forward to my time with the elliptical these days. I’ve started a new way to get thru the drones of plodding along. Give it a shot if you’re in the same boat.
Lets take, for example, a 45 minute run on the elliptical. Every 10 minutes I jump off and bang out 10 push ups. By the end of my cardio session, I’ve racked in 50 push ups. The combination of strength and cardio is not only a winner, but it makes my time go by faster. Plus, you have a small window of time to hop off, do your push ups, and jump back on while resuming your workout stats. So there’s a push there to “git er done”. And in each 10 minute stretch, I vary my resistance. So if I max the machine out at a 20 resistance for 10 minutes, I’ll back down about 30% for my next round and then back up and so on.
You can do this with walking, running, or arc training. Try sit ups, oblique twists, burpees…. any way to keep you motivated and moving!
(While we are sort of on the topic of resistance, remember that the momentum of machine with move your body for you if you let it. If you’re going mach 10 with little resistance, you’re not doing yourself any good. Dial in, people! Resistance is key. Can I get an “amen!” )