Hi everyone! Today I would like to delve a little deeper into one component of fitness, which is cardiovascular exercise. This is part 2 of my FIT Series so in case you missed part 1 check it out here.
Cardiovascular exercise includes any activity that increases your heart rate. It is recommended by the American College of Medicine that we get 30 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise at least 5 days a week (1). Exercises that get your heart pumping (such as swimming, walking, running and bike riding) increase your overall metabolism and make it easier to manage your weight. Other benefits of cardiovascular exercise include better sleep, stronger heart/bones and lungs and even better stress management (1)! Who could say no to such positive benefits?
However, many Americans struggle to fit in regular physical activity. The most often cited reason I hear from clients is that they have too little time. I completely understand. My days sometimes fly by and I wonder how I am ever going to get everything done. I am sure many of you can relate, so today I thought I would share three tips that I use to help me get at least 30 minutes of cardio a day.
- I make it a priority by making sure that I exercise before work in the morning
Trust me on this one; it is much harder to workout when you are mentally fatigued from a long day at work. Make sure you set your alarm to give yourself plenty of time to wake up and change. Pro tip: I set my exercise clothes out every night and put them on as soon as I get up so I have no excuses!
2. Have a game plan
Knowing how you plan on working out will help you stay on track and more likely to complete your workout. For example, I usually run three days a week. The night before, I set out my running clothes and I have the length of run in mind beforehand. This helps me mentally prepare and adjust my schedule accordingly.
3. Get enough sleep!
I can’t stress how important this is for me. If I go to bed late that 6 am wake-up call is going to turn into a 6 am snooze button. Aim for at least 7-8 hours a night and getting up to workout in the morning won’t seem so hard. In fact, you will wake up energized and then you will have an energizing workout that will boost your mood for the rest of the day!
As you can see, cardiovascular exercise can be such an amazing and positive way to start your day. It gets your blood flowing and boosts your mood and confidence to help you take on whatever the day throws your way.
Let me know your thoughts on cardio?
Do you have any tips to share on how you fit cardio into your daily routine?