Ladies, to burn fat and keep your heart healthy, you need to do cardio. I donâ€™t care if you hate it, you need it, so letâ€™s learn to love it. It absolutely sucks when youâ€™re out of shape and you feel like you canâ€™t breathe and youâ€™re super hot, but what if I told you those feelings disappear faster than you think? I was there too. Dreading that burning in my chest and that feeling of overheating. I hated to sweat. Cardio literally made me feel like I was dying. So I avoided it, until I realized that I couldnâ€™t. Would you believe that a bulk of my weight came off just from walking and eventually hiking? Cardio doesnâ€™t mean running at 8mph. You just need to raise your heart rate and when youâ€™re body isnâ€™t used to movement of any kind, itâ€™s easy to accomplish.
Walking is a great way to get your heart rate up without impact. Use some sort of tracking app so you can track your speed and mileage. Typically, I aim for a 15-minute mile on flat terrain. Start flat. Let your body get used to moving. Itâ€™s hard to over do it with walking which is why itâ€™s been my #1 advice for others who are trying to get in shape. If youâ€™re really a beginner and need to ease into it, start with walking 15 minutes a day and then increase your time. Donâ€™t worry about how far youâ€™ve gone, just walk. Eventually, integrate hills into your route. Hills will elevate your heart rate more and will make you faster on flat ground. Youâ€™ll be surprised how quickly your body starts to adapt and change just from following these steps. If you can turn it into jogging or running, great! But, itâ€™s not necessary to get a good cardio workout, plus, nature is good for the soul. Itâ€™s a win-win.
Another cardio workout that never seemed to make me feel like death was near, is dancing. Even in my husky teen year, I took dance and when I went to college I took a semester of dance and I was a cheerleader. Shaking your tush gets the heart rate up and I donâ€™t know many people that donâ€™t like to dance. If you donâ€™t have stage fright, find a group that does Zumba or any other danced based workout. I definitely think the â€˜funâ€™ factor takes your mind off the fact that youâ€™re working out. Dance is a great way to condition your brain into thinking that working out is fun and from there, you can build your exercise routine. If you donâ€™t want to be around a group of people, close the shades in your living room, pop in a DVD and shake what your mama gave you in the privacy of your home. Hip Hop Abs is one of my favorite â€œI donâ€™t feel like working outâ€ DVDs.
You have so many options when it comes to fitness, but donâ€™t let your hatred of cardio stop you. Find that niche that helps you get cardio in without making you dread it, or even worse, just simply not do it. Like I said, you need it.