Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tuesday's tips-change your body by doing the right cardio

People often struggle with the question- what type of workout should I do?  More weights or cardio..which do I do first?

It's not a quick answer....you do need both strength training and cardio...but I can give a tip about cardio that should help everyone.

You don't want to be the person on the elliptical not getting results.....too often I see people on the elliptical on level 2 (or 4 or 6 , whatever) for 30 minutes.  This is not the way to go (although certainly better than nothing).  Interval training is what changes your body.

You can use machines to do interval training though-so if you love that elliptical - don't give it up!  Think of your workout in 5 minute segments.....3 minutes go at a steady pace (or intensity), 2 minutes go all out hard as you can.  I.e. on the elliptical I'll use resistance level 5 and go at a steady pace for 3 minutes, then crank up the resistance level to 10 for 2 minutes.  Same thing on the treadmill-walk 3 min, jog 2 min-walk flat for 3 minutes, crank incline up for 2 minutes.

You can also do interval traiining without equipment- alternate doing 90 seconds of an exercise with 1 minute of rest- here's some ideas- lunges, squats, burpees, hopscotch (literally pretend to do hopscotch, squat jumps, push ups, chin ups, sit ups, jump rope)......a half hour of this and you'll torch calories and work up a sweat.

Give it a shot and let me know what you think.


Today's workout - beast cardio (interval training at its best) and beast abs
Today's diet:
breakfast- 2 eggs, wheat bagel with jam
snack: raw red and yellow peppers, almonds
lunch: turkey burger, baked sweet potato
snack: clementines (2)
Dinner: chocolate shakeology with natural peanut butter and banana
snack: (if needed) - sugar snap peas