Break the Cardio Rut

It’s easy to get into a rut.  Most of you probably walk the same path, run the same loop, swim the same number of laps in the pool, or hop on the elliptical at the gym,open a magazine and do your 45 minutes.  It’s time for a change.

Doing the same workout, while convenient (because you know what to do, how long it will take you and you can kind of zone out) will stop providing the same health benefits.  So while we’re in the beginning of summer I want to challenge you to crank up the intensity of your workouts for maximum results.

Step 1:  I want you to pick a loop with a big hill or even better, many hills, or add intervals to your elliptical, treadmill or swim (for a sample interval workout click on this link: Interval Workout for Challenge).  Your workout should be challenging and something that you cannot do easily or be able to zone out on.

Step 2:  Try it out.   How do you feel doing it (again, let’s aim for challenging) and time how long it takes you.

Step 3:  Do it at least twice per week for the next 30 days.  Surprise – it’s a 30-Day Intensity Challenge!!

Step 4:  On your last workout in the challenge note how much stronger you are.  How much faster you are.  How easy that monster hill is now!  (Or at least how less monstrous it seems).

This is something everyone of every ability can do.  If you stick with it and stay on track you will notice marked improvements.  Let me know how you’re doing.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

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