Limiting yourself to just one type of exercise can get boring. By varying your exercises and creating new challenges, however, this will help to push you more each day.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise a week can strengthen your heart and improve your health. To reach this goal – and instead of dreading walking or jogging on a treadmill, riding a bike or using an elliptical machine – the Mayo Clinic offers three ways to help you stay committed to your goals for 2020.
- Get out of your comfort zone: Cardiovascular training is any physical activity that increases your heart rate. During the week, try going on walks, short runs, bike rides, jump roping, or simply treat yourself to going on a hike in the mountains.
- Change up your intensity: Most workout machines have different levels of intensity to help you make new challenges.
- Break up your workout: Do not just focus on doing one type of exercise or using just one machine – go running, bike riding or jump rope. Do them in fast intervals to keep your heart rate up.
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