Cardio is probably one of the most boring and monotonous part of an effective fitness regimen. The problem is that this is a necessary evil if we want to optimize weight loss and improve cardiovascular health. So how on earth can we make plodding along on the treadmill or stationary bicycle that much more enjoyable?

1. Change things up


I am sure that you have all heard the saying that there is more than one way to skin a cat. While this is a rather random saying, it does ring true when it comes to cardio. You don’t just have to do a specific type of exercise to achieve your goal.

The main thing, especially when trying to shed fat, is to keep moving. Yes, certain cardio types burn more calories than others, but what does it help if you are only going to stick to it for a week because you despise doing it. Rather try and find the exercise which you enjoy, even if you only burn 5 calories a minute. The more you enjoy it, the more you will do it and in the long run, the more overall calories you will burn.

Cardio doesn’t only have to be performed on the treadmill, stationary bike or stepper, it can be performed by going for a surf, going hiking, rollerblading along the beach front. As long as you are moving and getting your heart rate up, you are burning calories. So find something you love doing and just go out and have fun.

If you are not a sporty or outdoor person but you enjoy doing weights, then why not stick to weight training cardio routine? This can be done with body weight, kettlebells or even dumbbells. The main goal here is perform moves which get your heart rate up in a circuit style. Think exercises like burpess, kettlebell swings, push ups, sled pushes mountain climbers etc. The list is endless.

2. Listen to good, upbeat music


No matter what cardio you are performing or where you are doing it, if you are enjoying it, then chances are that you are going to be able to stick to it not only for a longer duration while you train, but also for longer period of time.

Music is a great way to take your mind off of the fact that your lungs feel like they are about to collapse; plus, when you are enjoying an upbeat, energizing tune, it will help to drive the movement (similar to the way a good song always makes you want to dance).

So make sure you invest in an MP3 player, iPod, smart phone or basically any other device which you can use to listen to music. Even a Walkman would suffice. Those who were born in the late 70’s, early 80’s will know what I am talking about. The main thing is to compile a playlist with some of your favourite music and hit the workout with energy.


3. Do your cardio with a friend or in a group


Performing your cardio with a friend or in a group setting is a great form of motivation and competition. I don’t know about you, but when my friend can run a 4 minute kilometre, I am going to try my absolute hardest to beat them, or at least keep up. Besides that, it will also give you someone to chat to you, if you aren’t working at a high intensity of course.

In a group setting, it is common that an encouraging atmosphere is formed where individuals help to spur one another on. Plus, the camaraderie will have you feeling like part of a team of people who are all working to achieve a common goal. This can even be helpful when it comes to keeping your diet on track.

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