You guys should know by now that running and I are not very fond of each other. Granted, I do it. And yes, sometimes I kind of even enjoy it (and by sometimes I mean very rarely). But even though I’d prefer to stab myself in the arm with a fork, I can’t deny the benefits that running provides. It strengthens your heart, improves your cardio performance, and yes, torches those calories.
That being said, that doesn’t mean I have to be a conventional runner. I’ll leave that to you marathon runners (and I say that with the utmost respect – ya’ll are some crazy running beasts!)
I have been running my mom’s dog twice a week, but now that soccer season has started, my legs have been feeling less than stellar. I’m talking hobbling around constantly. It’s not a cute look for me. So, I’ve stepped off the running train a bit, and have instead switched over to higher intensity workouts that still focus on cardio performance, but also give my legs some rest. Here’s my current favorite one!
Start with a 5 to 10 warm up. Walk, jog, do jumping jacks – just do something to get your blood pumping. Once you are warm, run a 1/4 mile at a decent pace. I put my treadmill at 6.5 on a 3% incline. Once you’ve finished your 1/4 mile, drop to the floor for your first set. Complete 21 reps of each exercise, rest as little as possible, then do 15 reps, and finish with 9 reps. Take 30 seconds to catch your breath, then move on to the next sequence.
The great thing about this workout is how completely customizable it is. That 1st set is completely focused on upper body, while the middle is more of lower body work. The last one is just a hodge podge mix of stuff. I use this format a lot, and change the moves when I get bored. You can also change the amount of repetitions that you do, as well as the amount of running.
Do you like workouts that keep your body guessing?
What is your favorite kind of cardio workout?