Cardio is one of those things that many of us do not like doing, but must be incorporated into any type of exercise program whether it is on a machine or using free weights etc. I will take a few minutes on both machines and free weights. Cardiovascular exercise is when you raise your heart rate above normal through some type of physical excursion.
You perform some sort of cardiovascular exercise at a minimum of 3 days a week. It is not mandatory that you do a cardio workout every time, but it should be done most of the days.
First of all, if you have been doing the cardio machines for a while there are ways to spice it up a bit. However, when trying these techniques never under any circumstances do anything that you do not feel comfortable, sacrifice form, or put yourself at risk for injury.
1. Try turning around and going back-wards on the machines. This can work completely different muscles that the normal forward direction. Hang on to the handles tightly so that you don't accidently run off the machine.
2. On the epilyptical machine, I like to turn sideways. It also works completely different muscles.
3. Get some upbeat music that you enjoy in your IPOD or MP3. This will take your mind off actually working out.
4. Please don't forget to cover up the clock.
5. Try different workout setting that are pre-set on the machine.
6. Try a variety of incline and resistance levels.
7. Take as little rest as possible between sets when using free weights.
8. When using free weights, you can superset two or three different exercises for the same body part.
9. Do burnout sets. That means that you don't actually count repetitions, you just go until your body part that you are working out feels kind ok like jelly.
10. You can also do a variety of field exercises that athletes do to warm up before the game or meet.
11. You can also try a class or some other type of aerobic activity.
12. Get the children involved. They have a lot of extra energy to burn.
I hope this helps take the boredom out of cardio for you. Try these various ideas on how to take the boredom out of cardio. Remember that there is absolutely no rule that says you have to go the gym or get on a machine for cardio.