Mixing Up Cardio
We all get fed up repeating the same exercises, so to vary them is a good way to consistently work out and not give up. Boredom is one of the top reasons for stopping workouts along with 'oh I haven’t got time'
Using different cardio work outs will work different muscle groups as well as keeping your heart rate up and maintain cardiovascular health.
Mixing high impact and low impact training is less jarring on the joints. This is especially helpful if you are recovering from injury. For example with a leg or foot injury, you can swim even though you can't run, and you can still work your upper body with weights or exercises of your choice.
Interval training is using a high intensity workout alternately with a low intensity workout, or as is also called high intensity workout with active recovery. An athlete will perform short bursts of intensive activity followed by a less intense activity, keeping the heart rate going. The amount of time for the active recovery period is up to the individual and there is no hard and fast rule. Interval training can stop athletes feeling burnt out and also helps to prevent overuse injury.
Examples of Interval Training
- Running and walking
- Sprinting and jogging
- Treadmill and elliptical machines
- Swimming and walking through the water
- Spin bikes