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Getting your weekly cardio done is never a super fun part of your training routine, especially when it’s first thing in the morning. Never miss another morning cardio session again by following these 6 simple tips!
1-Put your alarm on the other side of the room: You will have to physically get out of bed to shut off your phone. Since you will already be up and out of your warm cozy bed, you might as well just keep the momentum going, put your shoes on and head out the door.
2-Sign up for a class with a friend: This will keep you accountable for making sure you make it to the gym. If you make a promise to a friend, you will be less likely to blow off your workout and your gym buddy. Many gyms offer free week trials or free first classes, so it won’t cost you anything, except maybe a stop at your local coffee shop in the morning to get your energy levels up!
3-Volunteer to lead a morning run: The more people you make a promise to, the harder it will be to break your word. Get a group going for a morning run; if you are going to be the one to lead the group run, then you will be more likely to actually show up for the workout.
4-Have your clothes ready the night before: Every minute counts when its dark and cold in the morning, save some extra time by having your clothes laid out, shoes by the door and your pre-workout snack ready to go.
5-Have a killer playlist: Create specific playlists for each part of your workout. You can chose slower songs for your cool down session, more upbeat tunes for your warm up and actual lifts and chose specific tempos and beats per minute to help set a running pace for your cardio session. Pick a pace for songs that can match your desired intensity level.
6-Use your furniture: If you are truly on the struggle bus and just can’t make it to the gym bright and early, then get yourself to your living room and use your furniture!
The original stair climber, use your stairs for a quick cardio circuit. Alternate skipping steps, do stair hops or set a timer and alternate running up and walking down the stairs.
Repurpose your couch and get your heart racing with an elevated version of mountain climbers. Face the couch cushions and place your hands under your shoulders, walk your feet back to the top of a push up position to start the movement. Work for one minute and rest for 30 seconds, repeat for 5 rounds.