Do I have to do cardio?
If you really want to get into the shape you desire then cardio, love it or loathe it, is essential.
But that doesn’t mean you have to do three hour jogs around the park in all weathers four or five times a week, unless your specifically training for a marathon of course or an endurance event, there is very strong evidence to suggest that shorter bursts of interval training are actually better for increasing performance and fat loss and can increase the amount of oxygen, VO2 max (which is the amount of oxygen your body can use up) by as much as twice as traditional longer cardio sessions, or long slow distance work.
There are lots of variations you can do for shorter bursts to keep up your interest and spice things up a bit and if you don’t want to, or don’t like running there really is no need to do it.
Try skipping, tabata intervals (20 second bursts of exercise followed by ten seconds rest) with weights or pick up something heavy and walk with it.
All of this as will keep you conditioned in the fraction of the time that a long run would.
Cardio is essential but it doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyable. Free up your mind and use your imagination, that’s what it’s there for.
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Best wishes, Garth
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