I was feeling a little drained of energy recently.. So I did what any smart individual does when they are tired, I tried to sleep more. So I slept and slept.. But I wasn't getting any results when it came to my energy. I was working out regularly but it was very intense exercises (Bootcamps and Spin) that and Teaching Bootcamps and Spin wasn't Helping either . So I tried to sleep more and more . To no avail I wasn't getting anywhere with all the rest I was getting. So I tried looking at myself as a 3rd person, like i was my own personal training client . If I was my Trainer id say steady state CARDIO!! and Slower sets and Reps when it came to my strength training.
So Thats what I did I dragged my lazy butt onto a treadmill and ran 5 k. I Felt better instantly ! Then I did it again the next day, thats when I felt like I was myself again! I have alot of energy so to not be able to tap into it is a real problem for me. So I re worked my weeks to equal more Running (Steady State) and im back!! I lost some of the Fat I was dragging along with me too ! Its like MAGIC! What is steady state ? Steady state cardio is simply a cardio workout that is a continuous, steady effort, as opposed to an interval cardio workout where you vary your energy output...Preferred that you do 20min or more but The cells in your body will love you for it as it will teach or reteach them to you oxygen and fatty acids as an energy source as apposed always wanting Sugar for energy.
OK blah blah blah right ? Whats this story got to do with you? You don't run or nor do you have a desire to start, or maybe you aren't feeling as lazy as I did and don't do cardio... Well if you aren't doing it you should ! not necessary to run but to do some stead state! as it will bring you :
- Improved Heart Health ( If there is a history of heart disease in your family it has proven to help stave off from any heart problems in the future)
- Increased Metabolism ( Will help the cells of your body use all three sources of energy efficiently)
- Increased Hormone Balance ( Its been known to fight depression and.... FATIGUE!!)
- Increased Recovery Time ( A light job of Walk is known to have a positive effect on recovery time)
- Helpful towards Glucose management (Which is very important to people with Diabetes as it helps manage the sugar levels)
So many reasons to get your cardio on! With benefits like these how can you not ? Your next step is get started ! Do you like to workout inside? With Friends? Play sports? what will get you to do it? What ever the answer is get started today!! Even if your tired (LOL).
Different options Pending your fitness level:
- Dog walking more
- Stationary bike
- Light Jog
- Paddle boarding
Amungst alot of other options ...
Now get out there or in there and do some cardio !