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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

I am struggling to keep up the intensity with my cardio workout...
Week 1 and 2 I was doing a short 10 minute kickboxing cardio workout or about 15 minutes on the elliptical
Week 3 I was doing the 20 minute ab-blaster twice, and running on the elliptical between 20-30 minutes
Now I am on to week 4 and want to be able to step up my cardio, however, with this heat I have been swimming instead (since I have a pool in my backyard), but swimming for 20 minutes just doesn't seem to be pushing me like the other stuff has been even though it burns as many or more calories...
Does anyone have any tips or help they can offer me????

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SKYBLUE21 2/11/2014 4:51PM

    you are an encouragement to me!! KEEP GOING!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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X5X52000 7/17/2013 2:23PM

    You can vary the intensity on the elliptical by putting more resistance and doing intervals.

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JGTHIELEN 7/16/2013 11:22PM

    Thanks ARRREAGLES and VIPERSWEB for your input! I'll try and take both your comments into consideration! :)

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ARRREAGLES 7/16/2013 10:37PM

    Swimming is low impact-- so it doesn't work in the same way as higher impact exercises like running does. Even so, it burns calories very well and is definitely working you -- I liken it to yoga, which works you, but you don't feel the same way as you do after a run or an elliptical.

Even so, there are ways to push yourself in the pool. You can swim laps where you focus on using your upper body more (triathalon-ers do this to conserve their leg energy for the bike and run legs) or you could work on trying to do a set distance worth of laps (start with 400m, which should leave you plenty winded if you don't swim regularly for distance)

I think mixing up the cardio is good, too, so glad you're mixing it up and not pushing yourself too hard in the weather. Its bloody hot, so glad to see you also able to cool off while working out. Bonus points for that!

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VIPERSWEB 7/16/2013 10:14PM

    Instead of swimming for a set amount of minutes, figure out how many miles you want to swim and how many laps it would take to do that.

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