Huffing and puffing on the treadmill multiple times a week is tiresome! In fact, it doesn’t have to be on the treadmill at all; for me, any and all cardio work in general can get exhausting and makes me wonder what the point is in torturing myself for 30 minutes every day! Strength training has always been my forte when it comes to fitness, but the truth is that cardio work is one of the most important aspects to losing weight. I can strengthen and tone my muscle all that I want, but cardio is responsible for getting my heart rate up and burning lots of calories and fat. Completing more cardio work is the biggest part of my 2015 fitness goals, but I certainly can’t do it alone. That’s why I plan on using the TomTom Runner Cardio GPS watch to help get me there. Read on for my five-move cardio workout and to learn how cardio helps you lose weight.
First for the science behind the fitness:
Cardio helps me achieve my target heart rate zone. Finding my target heart rate is important because that’s when my blood is pumping, I’m breathing and sweating hard, and I’m burning the maximum amount of calories. I need cardio to get my heart beating fast and pumping blood throughout my body. Weight training alone will not result in burning the fat or calories I’m aiming for with my 2015 fitness goals because with weight training, I’m not working my entire body at once. Unfortunately, fat cannot be burned in target areas; it burns evenly throughout the body via cardio!
The TomTom Runner Cardio GPS watch I’m wearing in the photos above and below has a built-in heart rate monitor so I can get the most of any and all my runs. I can see where my heart rate is at so I can add intensity if needed! Speaking of adding intensity…
With cardio, I can easily add intensity to increase my caloric burn. If I take a peek at my TomTom Runner Cardio GPS watch while I’m out for a jog and notice that my heart rate isn’t where I want it to be, I’ll know that I need to add intensity to my workout. That can mean adding weights, switching to a faster pace or switching to more difficult terrain. It doesn’t take much to kick cardio into overdrive and burn those extra calories! The TomTom Runner Cardio GPS watch even measures my pace so that I know at a glance whether or not I need to speed up.
Cardio adds to my caloric deficit. Because I can burn so many more calories with cardio, it adds to my overall calorie deficit, which means I won’t have to cut as many calories out of my diet! The TomTom Runner Cardio GPS watch can even tell me how far I’ve run, how much time has elapsed and how much time is remaining so that I can get a better idea of how long I need to run to afford that yummy cheesecake awaiting me at home.
I can do cardio most days of the week. Another great aspect to cardio is that I don’t have to worry too much about injury or overtraining my body like I have to with weight training. The body doesn’t take long to recover from cardio work. In fact, I might even take a longer or different from usual route next time; it’ll singe some extra fat and the TomTom Runner Cardio GPS watch has a built-in GPS in case I get lost. What more could I ask for in wearable technology?
Now for the cardio moves that help me singe fat:
Box jumps: The box jump is a great cardio move when the weather doesn’t allow me to run outdoors. They have me sweating in no time! Click here to learn how to do box jumps.
Mountain climbers: Mountain climbers give me total-body coverage in addition to allowing me to reach my target heart rate. Here’s how to do them.
Scissor jumps: Another total-body move, scissor jumps ensure that my breathing will be heavy throughout the entire workout. Here’s how to do them.
Up + overs: I can’t forget about up and overs! Doing these really test my balance, strength and endurance. Here’s how.
Switch kicks: This is the part I have to really motivate myself to finish strong with some intense switch kicks. Click here to learn how to do them.
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