5 Ways You Can Improve Your Cardio

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In your quest to create healthy habits for the family, you need to try a wide range of options to see what sticks and, more importantly, what everyone enjoys. But this can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t give everything enough time or you overestimate your ability. Your cardio is one area that can provide long-lasting and broad health benefits. So how can you improve your cardio before focusing on anything else? Here are five ways to consider. 

Ease Your Way In 

You shouldn’t attempt any intense cardio right off the bat. Just like lifting weights, you need to ease your way in and work up gradually. You can start with something simple but effective, such as taking the stairs instead of the lift when given the opportunity. Furthermore, instead of running 5K straight away, walk around the neighbourhood for half an hour (at least) every night. In time, you’ll be able to start running a little further. Programs like Couch25K can help you prepare for this and even go beyond. 

Find Activities That Work For You 

While many people assume that running is the only way to improve their cardio, there are plenty of other fun and rewarding activities that offer the same benefits and can provide additional health and fitness benefits. Swimming and cycling are two popular options, and as long as you have a local pool or bike, you can try these. Even better, these activities are not as harsh on your joints, which is ideal for those with knee problems. 

Increase the Intensity 

You will only experience improved cardio if you gradually increase the intensity. It’s not enough to casually jog around the neighbourhood or local track forever as this will only help you maintain your current level. If you want to run a faster 5K, you must push yourself. Still, don’t go all guns blazing immediately. Try speed exercises and combine them with easier runs to prevent injuries. If you try to go too hard too soon, you’ll end up injuring yourself, which can hinder your progress. 

Replace Bad Habits 

You already know how bad habits can impact your health, but they could also hinder your fitness. Drinking, smoking, and fatty foods all contribute to a variety of health and weight issues, so replacing these bad habits is essential. Vaping nic salts rather than smoking can help encourage smoking cessation, while non-alcoholic beer is a great way to enjoy the taste but still feel fresh the next day so you can workout. 

Track Your Progress

Tracking your progress may not immediately help you improve your cardio but it can help you see how far you’ve come and even motivate you to continue. Furthermore, you will be able to identify trends in your workout reports so you can make further lifestyle changes and hopefully take your cardio journey more seriously. 

Step By Step 

No one improves their cardio dramatically overnight. It takes time and patience as you work up to bettering your conditioning so you can eventually run 5K or swim 10,000 metres without any issue. These tips can provide the perfect foundation to begin building your cardio and fitness so you and your family can live a healthier life.

Sarah x

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