Fit Tip: Kick Up the Cardio

That’s right kids, it’s time to kick up the cardio and sweat it out. Bikini season may be over, but staying in shape is a year-round must. Cardio is one of the most important things you can do for your body. Not only does it make a difference on the inside (improving your cardiovascular health), you will see results on the outside too (especially if you stick to it 3 or 4 times a week).

Every week I work with my trainer, Jarett Del Bene. We always mix up my exercises, but one thing remains constant and that’s the cardio element.

After a particularly grueling cardio session, I decided to take advantage of Jarett’s expertise and asked him a few questions about cardiovascular exercise so I could share it with all of you… Check out my questions and his answers below!

Why is cardio so important?

Cardio is important because it strengthens your heart and therefore it does not have to work as hard to pump blood through your body.

How do you get the most out of each cardio session?

I suggest doing cardio in the morning before your first meal. Your body is most likely to use fat as the energy source because your glycogen stores are depleted. If you are concerned about muscle loss, take 15-25 grams of whey protein before your morning cardio session.

Any tips to make it a little easier?

Make a cardio playlist on your iPod to get you through the workout. Pick out your favorite songs that you love listening to so you forget about the time.

Aerobic exercise is also important for weight control and it is great for blasting fat. To avoid getting strung out on running, mix up your cardio routine as much as possible. There are plenty of fun cardio exercises such as kickboxing (which I love), bicycling, using the elliptical, swimming, and even step aerobics. This way you will keep you body guessing and your heart pumping!

My favorite cardio exercise is kickboxing. What’s yours? (And you cannot say, “Shopping!”)

XO Lauren

P.S. Let me know if you would like me to do a blog about kickboxing! And for more of my fun fitness ideas, click here.