Cardio machines; love ’em or hate ’em?
Personally, I’m not a big fan.
My favourite way to do cardio is in a group fitness class. Step, hi-lo, kick box, spinning and tabata; just a few of the ways I love to get my heart pumping and my sweat on.
But there’s not always a class running when it’s my turn to workout. And since I live in Vancouver, the weather is often too cold and wet for outdoor exercise during the winter.
On those days, jumping on a cardio machine is the only option (other than ditching my workout completely). Want to know how I make it more fun?
5 Tips for Making Cardio Machines More Fun
- choose a machine you don’t hate; everybody has a preference for one type of cardio machine over another. Even if you don’t like any of them, there will be one that you dislike just a little bit less than all the rest. Time really does fly by (infinitesimally) faster when you choose the lesser of all evils. My cardio machine of choice? The Cybex Arc Trainer!
- always, always, always have good music to listen to; the faster the beat, the more uplifting the lyrics, the longer you’ll be willing to put up with the machine. But watch where you set your iPod down; the cords have a nasty habit of getting caught up in the handles of ellipticals…
- listen to a motivational podcast; not only will listening to a good speaker distract you from focusing on how much time has elapsed in your workout (or how many calories you’ve burned; not that we believe those numbers anyways…), a cheerful, motivating talk can create positive associations between exercise and emotions. Lately, I’ve been loving Ted talks!
- pick the interval program over the steady state option; breaking up a tedious task into shorter intervals with variation in tempo or resistance will not only make your workout seem shorter, it’ll also burn more calories!
- cover up the display; similar to the old saying ‘a watched pot never boils’, being able to see the time elapsed (or calories burned) always makes my workout drag.
Don’t believe me? Watch the video below!
Are you a cardio machine lover or hater?
What’s your ‘lesser of all evils’ choice?
Any tricks for making it more fun?