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MOTIVATED@LAST
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6/2/13 3:24 A

Cardio is not so much about how long, but rather about how intensely.

Once you are doing 3 cardio sessions per week, the benefit of doing additional sessions starts to diminish.

And intensity matters. Doing an intense workout for 20-30 minutes (such as HIIT) will actually give you more fitness benefits than a longer one of 50 minutes.

If 50 minutes is boring, try for shorter more intense workouts. You will be doing both your mind, and your body, a favor.

M@L



EARTHFIREFLY
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6/2/13 2:33 A

Thanks for the input, everyone! I'll try a new cardio routine and keep experimenting with activities/amounts of time/intensity to find something that works....Please do feel free to keep sharing what works for you!



MELJONES3478
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6/1/13 9:58 P

It could be a combination of all those things, being bored, tired, not wanting to get hot & sweaty. You just have to work through it. Actually, I've read many articles that have suggested to more frequent cardio for a shorter period of time. Instead of working out for 30 minutes straight try working out 3 times a day for 10 minutes. The key is to keep your heart rate up.



RONSWIFE1028
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6/1/13 9:20 P

I do cardio seven days a week when I first started working out I would watch TV and jog in place while doing intervals of jogging and running in place. The time flew by I would be in front of the TV for an hour before I knew it.



SUPERMODUS
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5/31/13 10:47 P

I do cardio about 5 or 6 days a week, with sessions in between 20 or 40 minutes at a time. It's on the low side, but I think that's what keeps me coming back to exercise: I don't force myself to the upper limits, and I just keep to what I want to do. I feel great about doing 21 minutes of jogging some days, and I feel the same about jogging for about 40.

Maybe you shouldn't try to hold yourself to a certain time? Further, splitting your sessions up into 5+ days might really help you out. I feel more motivated when I'm doing cardio in bursts (Monday - Friday, for example), rather than every other day. Cardio sessions on more days of the week inspires a feeling of routine, which I think helps a lot.

Personally, I use a combination of jogging + TV. Right now I'm studying a second language, and I use TV programs in that language to force me to concentrate on what I'm watching instead of how much time I've spent exercising. A lot of people can get drawn in by regular TV shows, but I find I kind of just drift in attention unless it's something I have to focus on to understand, or if it's something I really love. If you've got an exercise machine, why not try watching your favourite TV show while exercising?



EARTHFIREFLY
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5/31/13 10:11 P

I'm not sure why, but lately I've been having a lot of trouble working up the energy/motivation to do cardio. My strength training is pretty regular with Coach Nicole's 7-Day Bootcamp videos, but I'd really like to get the cardio back into gear. I'm not sure if it's just that I'm bored, or if it's related to the sleep issues I've been having, or if it's just typical for people to go through periods where any thought of getting all sweaty and short of breath just does not appeal.

Or maybe I'm trying to do too much? I was up to 30 mins./day maybe 5 or 6 days a week, which felt pretty good, but now I'm at more like 50 mins. two or three times a week, if that. If I had to choose, I think I'd rather do a smaller amount of time more often vs. a longer amount of time less often, unless there's a good reason to do the latter rather than the former...?

Anyway, any advice for keeping the motivation going with cardio? Are there specific types of cardio you've found that you particularly like and seem to go back to, especially when you're not feeling 100%? Do you have a set # of cardio sessions/days you do cardio that seems to work best for you? Have those times/amounts changed as you progress with your SP goals?



 
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