Push through a cardio session with flying colours with these 9 tricks

Published on: 14 April 2022, 09:00 am IST

Unable to give your best at cardio? Then you need this foolproof guide to not just improve your stride, but to also help you lose weight faster.

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For most of us, doing cardio sessions can be painstakingly awful. Blame the stamina! But what if it is sorted? Then what is it that comes in between? Stop scratching your head, because we know your exact problem and we are here with a solution! So, without making you wait any further, let’s give you an action plan that will help you ace your cardio session to lose weight faster.

Tips to power you through with your cardio

  1. Stretch, stretch, and stretch some more: This goes without saying! And this goes for before, between, and after a workout. If you are not stretching before cardio then your stiff muscles will give you a hard time. If you don’t loosen up in between, your muscles will not get the full range of motion because they must be all pumped up from the earlier set. And if you don’t do it in the end, your muscles won’t recover for the next day.

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    Stretching is good for your well-being. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  2. Keep sipping water between your sets: Your mouth tends to get dry when you do cardio because you breathe from your mouth.
  3. Don’t sit right after a set: This is usually what we do and it’s absolutely wrong. When you do cardio, your body gets warmed up, and right after your set is done you tend to take a long haul which cools down your body. Now when you start your next set, you have to do it all over again. Hence, you don’t get the desired result and have to put in more energy. So make a note of this point.
  4. Try doing small but intense circuits: Keep a stopwatch handy and do circuit mapping. Doing 60-second or 30-second circuits will keep it short and sweet. You don’t get very tired and will be able to catch up on your breath without losing your stride.

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    Not exercising will only deplete your energy levels. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  5. Keep a check on your breathing: If you want to do a long cardio session, you need to keep a check on your breathing. You need to see that you inhale and exhale properly. And yes, don’t commit the biggest fitness sin of all time – holding your breath.
  6. Prefer outdoor for cardio: Doing cardio inside a room can make you claustrophobic and you won’t be able to do it for a long time. Plus, fresh air will also do the trick.
  7. Keep switching exercises: Doing the same exercise for days or in one go can make it pretty boring, so keep hopping from one exercise to another. This will keep it interesting and you will also stay motivated.

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    Burn more calories with these simple tips. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
  8. Count in descending order: Well, this trick is totally psychological. Basically, when you count backwards, a smaller number runs in your head. This keeps you motivated to do 5 more, 2 more, or at least just one more. And before you know, you do it all!
  9. There is no harm in grunting: It has been seen that grunting while doing your last few reps can power you through. So, you can definitely try that too.

Nikita Bhardwaj Nikita Bhardwaj

Six-pack abs are all that Nikita needs, along with her daily dose of green tea. At Health Shots, she produces videos, podcasts, stories, and other kick-ass content.

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