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Cardiovascular training is often the first trigger that gets people engaged in fitness. Participating in classes and running are enjoyable activities that cause a release of endorphins, while also improving blood flow and heart health. Here are 11 tips for better cardiovascular training:
Don’t begin a workout without warming up. Try walking or doing jumping jacks to get a good sweat going.
Knowing your why will help keep you committed. Your why could include having “me” time, improving cardiovascular health, or spending time with friends.
Knowing your goal will keep you focused. Set a goal and work toward it. Once you reach your goal, set a new one.
Set a progression so your body can adapt and continue to do everything you’re asking of it.
Allow your body to recover from the work it’s doing. Ensure you’re getting enough rest between runs.
Don’t neglect other modalities, such as mobility, balance, and weight training. These modalities will make you a better runner.
A good pair of running shoes is all you need. Add equipment over time. There is no need to spend lots of money when starting out.
Be in the moment and use runs as the “me” time you deserve.
You lose much moisture through sweating and breathing. Stay hydrated, especially while doing longer runs.
Be consistent, as this is extremely important for progress and seeing long-term results.
Try different classes and activities, both alone and with others. Determine what you like best and stick with it.
Set yourself up for success by embracing these cardiovascular training tips while doing your runs or taking classes!