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5 Ways to Get More Cardio + Workout Plan: April 24-30

Summer is quickly approaching!

Are you ready?

We're going to continue working on legs, butt, abs, arms, shoulders, and back; pretty much everything! If you want to look good in a swimsuit, you need to work your entire body so you look balanced AND keep your diet clean and sensible so you'll be ready to rock that swimsuit and feel confident and strong (and chase your kiddos in the process if you have kids).

In addition, if you are an athlete and are looking forward to races or competitions this summer, these workouts will help keep you strong and less injury-prone. In fact, that is the whole reason I initially began strength training! The cardio intervals can also double as speed work if you really push it to the max!

Feel free to add in 20-30 minutes of cardio for a bigger calorie burn and to help shed more fat. But if you decide to do that, be careful not to overeat (or overtrain). Add in extra cardio slowly. Find a way to increase your daily activity a little at a time. Allow your body to adjust to the new routine to set yourself up for success and minimize burnout, injury, and the temptation to overeat.

5 Ways to Add More Cardio Into Your Day

1. Run. Start with (or add to your current run) 1/2-1 mile every other day. The next week increase it by 1/4 to 1/2 mile each run.

2. Cycling. Hit a cycling class once or twice a week or ride your bike to work or to run a quick errand.

3. Jump Rope. Jumping rope can torch calories, about the same as running or jogging. Plus studies have shown that 10 minutes of jumping rope is as cardiovascularly efficient as 30 minutes of jogging! Try this 12-Minute Jump Rope Workout!

4. Take the Stairs. Skip the elevator and escalator. Instead, run or walk stairs whenever possible.

5. Take a Walk. If you are sitting at a desk job, get up and take a 5-minute walk every hour. It'll give you a chance to reset your posture and get out of the slumped position. Park your car at the farthest space from your workplace, the grocery store or wherever you go. All those extra steps will add up over time. Take a walk before and after work and during your lunch break whenever possible. The great thing about walking is that you can do it anywhere, and it has no negative impact on your body!

Make sure to follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube for more fitness tips, videos and ideas. And feel free to message me anytime. I love to share my tips and experience to help others achieve their goals!

Heidi

Monday: Lower Body Blast #6

Tuesday: Tabata #5

Wednesday: Upper Body Sculpt #3

Thursday: Sevens #1

Friday: 12-Minute Jump Rope Workout

Saturday: Fun Day! Get outside and do something active for at least 30 minutes. Run, walk, hike, bike, swim, play a sport, or whatever makes you happy. If you need a quick bodyweight workout, try this 100 Countdown Workout.

Sunday: REST DAY. Take a walk or stretch out with some easy Yoga or Pilates.

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