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How to Keep Your Cardio (and Body!) in the Best Shape

By Genevieve Cunningham

Cardio is more important than most of us like to admit. We don't really like to think about it because cardio is hard. It's tiring. It requires self-discipline and perseverance. We'd rather spend our workout time doing something much easier. But cardio is good for multiple areas of our body -- our muscles, our lungs, and our heart. So how do we keep cardio up without hating every minute? It's easy! Take a look at these tips for keeping your cardio -- and your body! -- in the best shape yet.

Keep Your Cardio Interesting

One of the biggest problems with cardio is that it gets boring really fast. But the good news is that you don't have to allow this. You can keep it interesting with just a little planning and an open mind. Instead of constantly relying on running, try a dance class or an aerobics class. Alternate between running, cycling, walking, and high intensity interval training. Keeping your cardio routine changing -- and doing it on purpose -- is a great way to keep yourself motivated to stick with it. 

Keep Your Cardio Realistic

Another great way to manage your cardio routine is to keep it realistic. Running a mile in six minutes is a great goal. But is it realistic for you at this exact point in your life? Or would simply completing a mile be a better goal? Set goals and reach for them, but be easy on yourself as well. Your goals should match your current condition, and as your condition improves, your goals can change for the better (and the more challenging!) as well. 

Keep Your Cardio Fun

Don't do cardio that you hate. There are so many different kinds of cardio out there -- why choose something that makes you miserable? If you don't enjoy running, don't do it. Go for a walk instead. If you hate aerobics, don't join the class. Try Zumba or kickboxing instead. The fitness world is huge and always expanding. Choose cardio exercises that are fun and make you feel good, and you're far more likely to keep the routine in your normal routine.

Cardio can help keep the entire body in better shape. It builds stronger muscles and stronger lungs. It's challenging for the mind. It's a great way to maintain optimal fitness! Use these tips to make your cardio routine the best yet, and enjoy better health in your life from here on out.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glendale, Calif.

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