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5 Ways to Make Cardio Less Boring | RMHP Blog

5 Ways to Make Cardio Less Boring | RMHP Blog



How to Spice Up Your Cardio Routine

No matter how much you love exercising, long cardio sessions can get boring. Whether you prefer running, cycling, or cross-training, there are plenty of ways to spice up a familiar routine. Use these tips to make your workouts more fun.

1. Add some inspiration to your run

Running is a great way to boost your health and burn off excess calories. Unfortunately, it can get a bit monotonous when you run the same route every single day. If you’re having a hard time getting inspired by an all-too-familiar urban landscape, consider a more scenic route.

Trail running is a great way to liven up a mundane cardio routine, and there are countless breathtaking running trails on Colorado’s Western Slope. Spend some time exploring these areas to help shake up your usual cardio routine.

2. Mix things up

Variety is the spice of life, and this definitely applies to cardio training, which can get tedious over time. If you are sick of the treadmill or Stairmaster, mix things up by trying some different types of cardio exercise.

From jumping rope to high-intensity interval training (HIIT), a new exercise can challenge your body while diversifying your routine. When things feel stale, try something new to help reinvigorate your enthusiasm for exercise.

3. Listen to an intriguing podcast

A minute can feel a lot longer than 60 seconds when you’re struggling through a dull cardio workout. You can make your workouts feel much shorter by distracting yourself.

Get your mind off the clock by listening to a compelling podcast with a great story or interesting interview. Whether you prefer to laugh, learn about history, or discover something new, there’s a podcast designed for listeners like you. You can also listen to an audiobook or watch a TED talk to help the minutes fly by.

4. Go cycling

Cycling is a great way to spice up a boring old cardio regimen. Whether you prefer road biking or mountain biking, there are countless beautiful places to ride in Western Colorado.

From the gorgeous 22-mile Colorado Riverfront Trail System to the scenic road biking route through Palisade’s orchards and vineyards, you’ll find plenty of inspiring paths for cyclists of every skill level. Get your heart pumping while soaking up stunning scenery at one of these popular biking trails.

5. Try interval training.

A steady, monotonous cardio routine doesn’t give your body much of a challenge. The longer your body does the same thing, the faster it adapts. That’s why it’s so important to add new types of exercises and activities to your fitness routine.

Challenge yourself by mixing things up with some interval training. This involves pushing your body out of its comfort zone by alternating high-intensity movements with lower-intensity movement. You can do incline or speed intervals. You can also swap from walking to running every two to three minutes.

However you choose to do it, mixing things up can challenge your body and invigorate your cardio routine.