Cardio, the golden goose for most of our exterior issues. You want to lose weight, and get lean? Just do more cardio!
The crazy thing about this though is that one can do too much cardio. YES …. Too much running, HIIT (high interval training), plyometrics, amongst others are very harsh on the body because it’s a lot on the joints and requires a proper diet to maintain proper body levels. However, this should be common knowledge to anyone who trains often or follows a workout plan they found online. Yet, the majority of the time the diet plan gets thrown out the window because why follow that thing right! Especially after all the scheduled cardio a week, but that’s a topic for another post.
The occasional extra minute, hour, and day of added cardio a week might be a fast track way to shed excess fat, boost metabolism and raise the fit bar while harming your joints and leaving most of you tired all the time. This seems like an equal trade off though, doesn’t it? Put in all the hard work now to get the desired results, which, have probably changed quite a bit from when you first started out. Not to mention will not stay after the program finishes or a busy day turns into a week then month or year. Furthermore, it starts to become a time-consuming chore that starts to become less worth it rather than something enjoyable. I am speaking from experience here but all exercise can be enjoyable as well as beneficial at the same time, but there is no certificate anywhere here declaring me a personal trainer thus all I can say is this.
The thought of doing cardio used to almost make me sick, why should I run, jump around, and do countless intervals when others are cutting out certain foods and losing more weight than me. Their results are amazing with fewer cardio days but then again they look miserable half the time. Thoughts such as these flowed into all my cardio sessions because I got stuck comparing other peoples methods to my own and believing that if it works for them it should work for me. A feeling we all know too well, some of us more than others. However, my knees hurt after all the running or jumping sets in my HIIT sessions when icing down after slipped my mind but that’s the price of getting “the look” right? WRONG, pain alongside lack of passion is a recipe for failure which is what I’ve come to learn.
Then, how to get the shredded body everyone has? How to follow the aesthetic?
The answer to this is, do not aim for them at all because it’s a never-ending battle.
Rather, remove the common look/ aesthetic from everything and aim for what’s most important, which, is your desired overall health. Not to mention, procuring a real passion for cardiovascular movements that won’t leave you in an ice bath after or joint issues later on.
So how to do this?
The best way to do this is by finding a few exercises that really get the blood flowing, a real you vs you feeling and group them together. An outdoor or indoor session that burns some fat while pushing yourself to be better physically and a little mentally.
YOU VS YOU
I say you vs you because that’s real competition right there no one is harsher, tougher or knows how to truly build your body more than yourself. No one knows about the movements that flare up the old injury from a few years back or cause discomfort because you are flat-footed.
Hence, the word passion and enjoyment come in because the best results only come when the plan is made by each of us for us. Let that sink in for a moment, trust me it is truly a beautiful feeling or at least to me when personal private goals are set as well as broken! There it is the kicker or big secret as some of you might be waiting for, which is how I’ve managed to love even CARDIO training.
Hope, the message is clear to you as well as leaves you wanting more! More to come soon you know what to do to keep up