Sometimes cardio can get boring, especially on a stationary machine for 60+ minutes. I love the gym and its convenience, however it seems the minutes tick by slower and slower each time I look up at the clock.
Doing Cardio at the Gym:
Pro: getting a high calorie-burning workout in an air-conditioned and safe facility, no weather or crazy drivers to deal with.
One boredom buster I enjoy is people watching, through which I have noticed the 3 silliest gym trends:
- Guys who spend more time staring at themselves in the mirror than lifting anything.
- Girls who work out with their hair down, fixing and primping in between sets (heaven forbid they break a sweat!)
- Stationary Bikers on Level 1 pedalling about 10 rpms. (you could burn more calories chewing gum)
Solution: Mix It UP! My parents and I like to do a “Cardio Carnival” where we pick 3 different cardio machines for 20 minutes each. It’s a great way to keep the heart rate up for an hour without getting bored. Knowing that you are spending a smaller amount of time at each “station” allows you to push a little harder, and take a “rest” while moving from one cardio machine to another.
Row Machine ~ Elliptical (forward and backward) ~ Sit-down Bike ~ Treadmill (walk with high incline OR jog/run) ~ Stairmaster
My Rotation of Choice:
Elliptical, Run (treadmill), Bike.
I put my least favorite at the end because I know when I finish that 20 minute set I am DONE. However incorporating Row, Stairmaster and Treadmill would be the best whole-body blast because it targets upper body, butt, and legs.
It’s like a personal triathlon to keep things fresh. Not to mention, calling it a “Carnival” instantly means it’s gotta be fun, right?!