Post # 1
I need to lose maybe 3-4 pounds in the next year before my wedding and just want to tone up for the most part. I do a lot of strength training, but I freakin hate the treadmill!! Any suggestions/ideas on how to get some great cardio in? Anyone else already in pretty good shape but just needing to work that extra little bit to get to their ideal state? 🙂
Thanks!! And Happy Friday!!
Post # 3
I get bored when doing cardio so i just try and switch up machines. 10 minutes on the treadmill, 10 on the eliptical, 10 on the bike and 10 on the stair climber – makes it go by quicker.
Post # 4
C25k isn’t a bad idea either even though it def involves the treadmill haha. i like that it keeps you engaged so you aren’t thinking “oh god i have another 20 mintues of this crap” – it goes by pretty quickly.
Post # 5
Interval training on whatever machine you want. You get done faster and don’t have to sit at the same level for 45 minutes or something. You should also look into classes like Zumba or Spinning for cardio.
Post # 6
thanks for the ideas…switching machines may definitely help! I’ve heard p90 videos are supposed to be great too
Post # 7
I too am no cardio person and most of my exercise comes from lifting heavy weights. But I often feel like that in itself can be a cardio workout! I push myself by timing my rest periods and I also wear a heart rate monitor so I can tell that I’m really exerting myself when my heart rate gets way up there. But I do one Zumba class each week for some extra cardio. I just love it. Some people love spin or other types of classes.
Post # 8
@blueskies7: What about classes at the gym? I would suggest alternating machines too! I get tired of the treadmill sometimes too, but I started doing interval runs and for some reason to me it makes it a lot more fun…
Post # 9
Swimming, spinning, zumba (or really any intense dancing), outdoor cycling, running.
Running doesn’t have to be on a treadmill either, but if you do decide to use a treadmill, try doing a hill workout or running hard for one minute and walking briskly for one minute and alternate between the two. This kind of interval training also really revs up your metabolism & might be more effective than a comfortable jog for the same amount of time.
Post # 10
Try and find a good cardio class. The are fun and the time goes by fast. I enjoy Zumba and I also take a 2 hour class every Thursday which is just strictly dancing mixed with aerobics! Soo Fun and much more exciting then a boring tread mill! (even though I still use it)
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Spin class! Also, I HATE the treadmill, but I love running (now… it sucked at first), so don’t give up on running because of the dreadmill.
Since your goal is only a few pounds and you like being tone, a power yoga or pilates class could work wonders too. I’m obsessed with a group fitness class based on yoga, pilates, and tai chi called Bodyflow and it’s a bit cardio, but mostly flexibility, balance, and strength, and the choreography makes it amazing. It’s an internationally-offered program (like Zumba), so you could look into something like that too.