Cardio-vascular training is an important part of your workout to burn fat and improve your heart-health, but it is very important to make sure that you doing it right. Many people make a lot of mistakes on their cardio workouts, which sabotages their progress. Here are some of the common cardio mistakes, so that you can avoid making them when you are working out:
Doing Long and Low Intensity Cardio Workouts
If you think that gently jogging on the treadmill for an hour is the best use of your time, you might want to rethink your workout. Sure it’s better than sitting on the couch, but is it really the most effective method? Since your heart rate doesn’t climb to a high level, your body isn’t really getting much of a workout from this. It is much more effective to do interval training, which is when you sprint as fast as you can for a minute then slow down to a gentle jog or a walk for two minutes. This will make your heart rate higher and you will burn more calories.
Not Adding Variety to Your Workouts
If you are doing the exact same thing every day on the cardio machine, your body will adapt to the workout and it will stop being effective. It is much better to switch things up with different workouts so that you can challenge yourself in different ways. Try running outside one day, working out on the elliptical another day and joining an aerobics or spinning class another day.
Doing Cardio on an Empty Stomach
There is a misconception that if you do cardio first thing in the morning on an empty stomach you will automatically start burning fat. However, when you wake up you will have been fasting for several hours and training on an empty stomach will feel like trying to drive a car without any fuel in it. You won’t be able to push yourself as hard or increase your endurance. It is best to eat around 45 minutes to an hour before exercising and to eat whole grains and lean proteins to give yourself sustained energy.
Multi-Tasking While Exercising
How often do you see people in the gym who are watching TV, reading a magazine, talking on their mobile or chatting to their friend while they are on the elliptical or treadmill? This is not a good habit and it will sabotage the benefits of your cardio workout because you will be too distracted to commit 100% to the workout. If you can read something or have a conversation while you are exercising, you are not exercising hard enough or paying enough attention to what you are doing. Listening to music is fine because it can help you tune out distractions and it can motivate you, but other than that it is important to stay focused.
These are just a few of the major mistakes that make people make when it comes to cardio, so make sure that you avoid them in your workout!