We all hate cardio, but....

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    Apr 30, 2009 5:45 PM GMT
    Don't you get a great feeling of accomplishment at the end of your cardio workout!

    I have been seriously slacking with cardio and being super lazy about it. This is horrible considering the fact this is the time I should be cutting and getting ready for beach time! Last night I had a great run and I felt so good after!

    Do you guys have similiar experiences?
  • Timbales

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    Apr 30, 2009 5:48 PM GMT
    I do. When I'm doing my cardio, sometimes I just want to quit. Then my inner chuckystud starts yelling at me "stay on here you fat fuck! run those pudgy legs of yours until the fall off! it's your own damn fault for eating cake!". So I stick it out and finish strong.
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    Apr 30, 2009 6:52 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidI do. When I'm doing my cardio, sometimes I just want to quit. Then my inner chuckystud starts yelling at me "stay on here you fat fuck! run those pudgy legs of yours until the fall off! it's your own damn fault for eating cake!". So I stick it out and finish strong.


    you should see a priest and have him exorcised.

    Or a shrink icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 30, 2009 6:57 PM GMT
    Depends on the cardio workout. I hate "running" on the treadmill. But I do it at least once a month to train my legs to move faster, and improve my running/breathing tempo.

    But I totally love running outdoors. Trail running is even better. It's a great workout. And I definitely get a greater sense of accomplishment after my run.
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    Apr 30, 2009 7:23 PM GMT
    Growing up a chubby little nerd of a kid, I absolute hate athletic competition... or so I thought. Then I ran my first race and god did I love catching up to people and leaving them behind. I got such a joy out of finding a runner who was performing similarly to me and putting in a burst of speed at the end and beating him even if he didn't care.

    So I changed my routine. Instead of running down empty streets I run in the park where I can run all sorts of races in my head. If no one is out I use a watch and try to beat my best time.

    Sore legs, bleeding feet, and a pumping heart are nice. But winning is better.
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    Apr 30, 2009 7:35 PM GMT
    I will never run on a tread mill again. Ever.
    Spinning bikes are OK, if all the windows are open and it´s COLD in the room
    the other cardio things bore/scare me: ellipticals make me sea sick. Never tried a stair climber.

    Trail run,
    cycle in the real air
    swim outside
    walk in the hills or on the beach.

    THAT I will do.
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    Apr 30, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    Cardio is about the only fitness I enjoy. I like Yoga and natural resistence - that's physically and spiritually satisfying. However, Cardio is my favorite. Muscle-building is tedious for me.
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    Apr 30, 2009 8:04 PM GMT
    Maybe Lostboy's right - you need to shake up your cardio routine. Why stay inside? Get outside and do something different. Hopefully, the weather's getting nicer in your neck of the woods. If you have a bike, mountain or road, find a new hill to climb. Go to a park and go for a run on the trails - take your dog with you, if you have one. Just go somewhere you haven't been before and find another reason to enjoy cardio.
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    Apr 30, 2009 9:01 PM GMT
    I don't hate cardio either. I always start out my workouts with 20-30 minutes on the bike doing intervals. I also love riding my bike, so I'm glad the weather is getting warm again.

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    May 01, 2009 3:11 AM GMT
    Speak for yourself. I love anything that gets the heart and lungs pumping.
  • CAtoFL

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    May 01, 2009 3:13 AM GMT
    I'm with friendormate! I LOVE cardio. Give me a bike and an 80 degree day and GET OUT OF MY WAY! icon_lol.gif
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    May 01, 2009 3:25 AM GMT
    Depends on the cardio. I loathe distance running, yet since I'm trying to improve my endurance I'm making myself run a 5k a few times a week. I still think this concept of a runner's high is a grand bit of self-delusion made up by the freaks who need to think it's fun to run long distance for no good reason.

    Plyometrics, on the other hand, are far more brutal and yet somewhat more fun. I'd really like it if one of the local parks had an adult obstacle course, though. Why should kids be the only ones to get to climb cargo nets and swing across monkey bars?
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    May 01, 2009 3:25 AM GMT
    I agree. When Im all tired and lazy I just tell myself and try to remember how it feels after a good run. Then I put my nikes on and I'm out.
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    May 01, 2009 3:28 AM GMT
    I loooooooooooooooooooooooove cardio....
  • bravehound

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    May 01, 2009 3:35 AM GMT
    I'd much rather go for a run than lift... I just FEEL so much better.

    However... if running could just get me to fill out a t-shirt like lifting religiously does... THEN I'd be happy icon_smile.gif
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    May 01, 2009 3:37 AM GMT
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    May 01, 2009 3:45 AM GMT
    I recently rediscovered cardio after being in the hospital with an infection. 30 to 40 mins on the elliptical machine a few days a week helped get me back on track. By raising my calories throughout the day and getting enough protein I have managed to keep from losing too much muscle (as I did in the past) and in fact have put on a little more muscle by hitting the weights at the same time.

    I love lifting, but cardio really invigorates me!
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    May 01, 2009 12:45 PM GMT
    Luckily its the time of year, well at least in my area, where getting outside and taking a run is the best!

    If you're familiar with Philly, there is this one spot I love to run. It's called Kelly Drive and its basically a 4 mile trail each way along side the Skuykill River. Its perfect!
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    May 01, 2009 12:57 PM GMT
    A change happens during cardio, sometimes as quickly as 10 minutes into it, where it feels better to have my heartrate up rather than down. It's as if my whole body is made up of heart matter and I can even hear myself beating in my ears and feel it in my fingers and my toes. I have to constantly check my heartrate on the machine's monitor because I'm afraid I could easily give myself a heart attack. I also don't let myself do more than 30 minutes at a shot. I have a difficult enough time gaining weight.
  • gallus81

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    May 01, 2009 1:07 PM GMT
    "we all hate cardio, but ..."

    not this little black duck; i go for cardio over weight training any day ... love the strain, heart ache, burn, etc, etc; i just wish my body could handle more
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    May 01, 2009 1:17 PM GMT
    McGay saidA change happens during cardio, sometimes as quickly as 10 minutes into it, where it feels better to have my heartrate up rather than down. It's as if my whole body is made up of heart matter and I can even hear myself beating in my ears and feel it in my fingers and my toes. I have to constantly check my heartrate on the machine's monitor because I'm afraid I could easily give myself a heart attack. I also don't let myself do more than 30 minutes at a shot. I have a difficult enough time gaining weight.


    are you smoking salvia while doing cardio? cause that CAN'T be good for you.

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    May 01, 2009 1:19 PM GMT
    Whaddya mean? What's not good?

    ah, just googled salvia. Consider my comments exaggerated, I guess. And I should clarify that I only feel that good about cardio when I do it in the AM. If I do cardio at the end of the day, it's with nearly the opposite effect. I really hate it.
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    May 01, 2009 1:23 PM GMT
    MSUBioNerd saidDepends on the cardio. I loathe distance running, yet since I'm trying to improve my endurance I'm making myself run a 5k a few times a week. I still think this concept of a runner's high is a grand bit of self-delusion made up by the freaks who need to think it's fun to run long distance for no good reason.



    Haha, thats kinda funny.

    However, a runner's high does exist. When you get one, its amazing. Your feeling really good like your gonna PR.

    But running on endorphine isn't bad either.
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    May 01, 2009 1:43 PM GMT
    I absolutely, without a doubt, despise cardio. Every moment is pure torture for me. But I do get a runner's high every time. It just happens when the run is over and I'm overjoyed to the point of hysteria. icon_lol.gif

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    May 01, 2009 1:57 PM GMT
    i just get naucious and have to pee after icon_smile.gif