Cardio is boring! Anything I can do???

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    Jan 02, 2010 4:40 PM GMT
    I try and do cardio for at least an hour at a time when i go to the gym. I get so bored while doing it though. I messed up my knee and it makes it hard to run so I walk fast on the treadmill, maybe jog, do eliptical, as well as cycle. Is there anything you guys can think of that I can do while I do these to where I don't get bored so easily?
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    Jan 02, 2010 5:18 PM GMT
    thisisdoyle saidI try and do cardio for at least an hour at a time when i go to the gym. I get so bored while doing it though. I messed up my knee and it makes it hard to run so I walk fast on the treadmill, maybe jog, do eliptical, as well as cycle. Is there anything you guys can think of that I can do while I do these to where I don't get bored so easily?


    Yes! Don´t do it. Unless you are training for long distance racing, you don´t need an hour of gym cardio (remember you are exercising your heart when you do housework, yardwork, walk up stairs etc). First experiment with interval training. One I LOVE is this

    warm up for 5 mins

    30 seconds hard plus1 minute easy

    Work up to doing this 10 times in total (ie 15 minutes)

    Cool down.

    works for spinning, eliptical etc. You get a good fat burning workout, do enough to keep your heart healthy, it´s more interesting and much faster.

    If you are really ADD you can switch machines part way through.

    Second, you can swap machines anyway. You don´t have to do all your cardio in the same place.
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    Jan 02, 2010 5:39 PM GMT
    I hate cardio the way that most gym-goers do it. Running treadmills. Cycling on elliptical. The main Idea is it makes me feel like I'm a hamster working to go nowhere.

    I prefer to do an actual activity for cardio.

    1. Go running and biking outside in a park or nature trail. It's anatomically better for you than a treadmill. You may enjoy the natural scenery rather than the walls of your gym.
    2. Take a Pilates class. Those things will leave you tired, sweating, and in pain the first few times. As you get better at it, you'll start to see the benefits.
    3. Take dance or martial arts classes. They get you up and moving. They're not steady-state cardio classes (like those body conditioning classes), but if you're practicing often, it'll be much more fun, more effective, and you'll how to do something new too.
    4. Learn about interval training. The only machine you can get me on is a Stairmaster. The one at my gym is electronic, so I set it to interval training for 10 minutes, and it's quite intense. It teaches you very quickly that you don't have to do cardio for hours to work hard. You can apply interval training to any activity as long as you have a watch.

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    Jan 02, 2010 5:58 PM GMT
    I agree 60mins is too long especially if you aren't enjoying it. You dread it and then you stop going. I'm right there with you.
    I try 20-25 mins and I change it up. I'll do like 15min of ellipitcal or I just discovered the Arc Trainer. Nice. Then just cause I know I don't like it, I'll do 10mins of treadmill. I hate to run but I do it because it makes me sweat and I know I'm working hard.
    Keep trying stuff. Bike, Elliptical and I am trying to find a place to jump rope.
    Like all parts of working out it needs to be changing so your body doesn't get bored and stop responding.
    Good luck in 2010
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    Jan 02, 2010 6:32 PM GMT
    I run for an hour every other day on an elliptical. I listen to high-energy exercise music on my ipod. The strong beat keeps me going.

    This has worked out great for me. In seven months, I continued the decline in my metabolic age from 50 (at chronological age of 57) to 39 (at chronological age of 58 ) ...and have reached the goal weight set by my dr.

    This song is an example, but I have it from Power Music Workout off of iTunes.

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    Jan 02, 2010 6:37 PM GMT
    Lostboy wrote pretty much what i was going to say.

    only exception, i do 1min on , 1 min off.
    and the last interval is more like 4 or 5 minutes at approx. 80-85% of my max.

    there are various ways to do intervals, and it's good to change them now and then.

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    Jan 02, 2010 6:37 PM GMT
    I recommend a boot camp, dance or kickboxing class. The hour or 45 mins will be a much better investment of your time and effort that's infinitely more satisfying than that numbing 30 mins on a treadmill in front of CNN News on TV in front of you in the gym. Good luck!
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    Jan 02, 2010 6:38 PM GMT
    I can't stand the treadmill. Elliptical is OK.

    I prefer to run outdoors with my iPod. I just refuse to do cardio without my iPod.

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    Jan 02, 2010 6:41 PM GMT
    Caslon12000 saidI run for an hour every other day on an elliptical. I listen to high-energy exercise music on my ipod. The strong beat keeps me going.

    This has worked out great for me. In seven months, I continued the decline in my metabolic age from 50 (at chronological age of 57) to 39 (at chronological age of 58 ) ...and have reached the goal weight set by my dr.

    This song is an example, but I have it from Power Music Workout off of iTunes.




    Haha that's awesome... all I can picture is Kevin Bacon's angry dance in an old warehouse.

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    Jan 02, 2010 6:48 PM GMT
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    Caslon12000 saidI run for an hour every other day on an elliptical. I listen to high-energy exercise music on my ipod. The strong beat keeps me going.

    This has worked out great for me. In seven months, I continued the decline in my metabolic age from 50 (at chronological age of 57) to 39 (at chronological age of 58 ) ...and have reached the goal weight set by my dr.

    This song is an example, but I have it from Power Music Workout off of iTunes.




    Haha that's awesome... all I can picture is Kevin Bacon's angry dance in an old warehouse.

    I dont know what that means? ... icon_confused.gif
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    Jan 02, 2010 6:49 PM GMT
    Well first, doing an hour of cardio combined with weight training is counter-productive. All you need is 20-30 minutes, a couple times per week. Save the intensity for the weights. To make it more bearable, listen to your iPod or being a mini-DVD player.
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    Jan 02, 2010 6:53 PM GMT
    Brandon112586 saidAll you need is 20-30 minutes, a couple times per week.

    Upon what do you base that? Are speaking strictly for heart health or is weight loss included?
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    Jan 02, 2010 6:57 PM GMT
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    Caslon12000 saidI run for an hour every other day on an elliptical. I listen to high-energy exercise music on my ipod. The strong beat keeps me going.

    This has worked out great for me. In seven months, I continued the decline in my metabolic age from 50 (at chronological age of 57) to 39 (at chronological age of 58 ) ...and have reached the goal weight set by my dr.

    This song is an example, but I have it from Power Music Workout off of iTunes.




    Haha that's awesome... all I can picture is Kevin Bacon's angry dance in an old warehouse.

    I dont know what that means? ... icon_confused.gif



    "Footloose!" Oh man, I'm showing my age...

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    Jan 02, 2010 7:06 PM GMT
    djdorchester2 saidI dont know what that means? ... icon_confused.gif



    "Footloose!" Oh man, I'm showing my age...
    did he dance to "Holding out for a hero"?
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    Jan 02, 2010 7:06 PM GMT
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    Brandon112586 saidAll you need is 20-30 minutes, a couple times per week.

    Upon what do you base that? Are speaking strictly for heart health or is weight loss included?


    Both, so long as weight training is included. Weight loss is 90% diet and 10% rigorous exercise. The point I was making, was with intense weight training, cardio can actually eat away at muscle instead of fat. Cardio should supplement resistance training, not mirror it.
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    Jan 02, 2010 7:17 PM GMT
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    Caslon12000 said
    Brandon112586 saidAll you need is 20-30 minutes, a couple times per week.

    Upon what do you base that? Are speaking strictly for heart health or is weight loss included?


    Both, so long as weight training is included. Weight loss is 90% diet and 10% rigorous exercise. The point I was making, was with intense weight training, cardio can actually eat away at muscle instead of fat. Cardio should supplement resistance training, not mirror it.

    Cardio will eat away at "muscle" or protein if you dont have enough carbohydrate in your diet (the liver strips the nitrogen off of the amino acids from the protein and then converts the remainder to carbohydrate, which it then metabolizes for energy)....or not enough fat stores on your body. At your age, this may be a danger. But I have no fear of running out of fat and eating into my muscle in the immediate future while up on the elliptical. ... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jan 02, 2010 7:18 PM GMT
    Caslon12000 said
    Brandon112586 said
    Caslon12000 said
    Brandon112586 saidAll you need is 20-30 minutes, a couple times per week.

    Upon what do you base that? Are speaking strictly for heart health or is weight loss included?


    Both, so long as weight training is included. Weight loss is 90% diet and 10% rigorous exercise. The point I was making, was with intense weight training, cardio can actually eat away at muscle instead of fat. Cardio should supplement resistance training, not mirror it.

    Cardio will eat away at "muscle" or protein if you dont have enough carbohydrate in your diet (the liver strips the nitrogen off of the amino acids from the protein and then converts the remainder to carbohydrate, which it then metabolizes for energy)....or not enough fat stores on your body. At your age, this may be a danger. But I have no fear of running out of fat and eating into my muscle in the immediate future while up on the elliptical. ... icon_biggrin.gif


    ... and I hate doing cardio so I never do it haha.
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    Jan 02, 2010 7:38 PM GMT
    Caslon12000 said
    djdorchester2 saidI dont know what that means? ... icon_confused.gif



    "Footloose!" Oh man, I'm showing my age...
    did he dance to "Holding out for a hero"?



    It was a gymastical, beer-swigging, angry dance... and only the best scene in the movie!

    I've gone off topic. Sorry.

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    Jan 02, 2010 7:53 PM GMT
    DDR on heavy for several songs until you can't play anymore. That game makes me sweat more than anything on the planet.
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    Jan 02, 2010 8:07 PM GMT
    You know I like gyms that have biking machines with their own tv on them, then you can entertain yourself while you cycle at a fast pace for an hour or so. Can you look into that?
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    Jan 02, 2010 8:19 PM GMT
    thisisdoyle saidI try and do cardio for at least an hour at a time when i go to the gym. I get so bored while doing it though. I messed up my knee and it makes it hard to run so I walk fast on the treadmill, maybe jog, do eliptical, as well as cycle. Is there anything you guys can think of that I can do while I do these to where I don't get bored so easily?



    There are a couple jump rope routines are here that are killer.
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    Jan 02, 2010 8:21 PM GMT
    Brandon112586 said
    Caslon12000 said
    Brandon112586 saidAll you need is 20-30 minutes, a couple times per week.

    Upon what do you base that? Are speaking strictly for heart health or is weight loss included?


    Both, so long as weight training is included. Weight loss is 90% diet and 10% rigorous exercise. The point I was making, was with intense weight training, cardio can actually eat away at muscle instead of fat. Cardio should supplement resistance training, not mirror it.


    i found this out the hard way. But how can the whole world be wrong about cardio? MJM
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    Jan 02, 2010 8:21 PM GMT
    How about playing a sport that makes you run? Basketball is great for cardio! Hell, I can get a good cardio workout by playing wallyball!!
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    Jan 02, 2010 8:38 PM GMT
    Cardio is boring. I've hated doing it for years, but in the past two years Iv'e gotten better at it. I think you have to make it easy, and find ways to make it work for you. I can tell you what works for me, try what you like and see how it works for you.

    I get bored if I always do the same thing. I usually go to the gym and use an arc trainer, but sometimes I use an elliptical, or variants on them, sometimes a treadmill, sometimes I ride my bike outside.

    I never plan to do an hour of cardio. I know, I will dread it so much that it's gonna be hard to get my butt to the gym, so I usually plan on 30 minutes and if I feel like it I do more.

    I tend to like a challenge, so I set a goal for how many calories I'm gonna burn and I don't stop until I hit that. I like to train hard so I get my heart rate up to 150 or more. I try to burn enough calories in my 30 minutes to make up for an hour of ho hum training (500 calories is my goal).

    I usually watch the news, and listen to music at the same time. The gym where I go has a mezzanine area that overlooks the lifting area, so sometimes I get to watch cute boys lifting. This is always fun.

    I remember the benefits of my cardio. Not only is it keeping my heart and lungs fit, which is just as important as strength training, but it's been proven that cardio improves cogitative function. All the work we do lifting stresses the body and causes the endocrine system to produce hormones like HGH and testosterone, and probably others which medical science really doesn't know about yet. ( Lets stop assuming we know everything, the body is pretty complex). Cardio, actually helps these hormones to cross the blood brain barrier and creates an enriched environment for the repair of brain cells. So your actually turning back the clock on the body and the mind.

    Every time I go, I make sure I pay attention to how much better I am able to perform, on the machines, and/or when I am doing daily activities. Noticing the benefits makes me want to do more.

    If I'm having a bad mood, cardio kicks it to the curb. Cardio has been show to be as effective in treating depression as medication.

    Ok, sorry this wasn't very well organized, but I just wanted to share my approach. I hope you find some of it useful.

    Rick

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    Jan 02, 2010 8:39 PM GMT
    thisisdoyle saidI try and do cardio for at least an hour at a time when i go to the gym. I get so bored while doing it though. I messed up my knee and it makes it hard to run so I walk fast on the treadmill, maybe jog, do eliptical, as well as cycle. Is there anything you guys can think of that I can do while I do these to where I don't get bored so easily?


    Study up on HIIT. Unless you plan on living in the jungle and running messages to the next village you really don't need all that low intensity cardio.

    HIIT is vastly more effective for fat control, and, unlike low intensity cardio, will improve your cardiac threshold.