Cardiovascular exercise is no different than anything else in the WLC System or life in general.
What do I mean by that? I'll explain…
Well, I mean you should always strive to get better at cardiovascular exercise.
Don't just go to the gym and treat cardio like it's nothing.
Don't just go through the motions. Work hard during your cardio. Visualize the fat melting right off of your body while you are doing your cardio. Visualize your dream body.
Go over your goals and plan during aerobic exercise.
Use this time to be productive. Don't waste it. Time is valuable.
ALWAYS Work on Getting Better
Just as you should always strive to lift more weight and reps, just as you should strive to be a better person, and just as you should strive to be healthier…
You should strive to improve your cardiovascular workouts.
Every time you do your cardio workouts, work on getting better.
Continuous body improvements require that you improve in every aspect of this entire program. And you will when you put forth your greatest effort each and every day.
So, how exactly do you strive for improvement with your cardiovascular program?
Well, here's what's going to happen. As you get better at cardiovascular exercise, your heart rate will lower during exercise. This is great! You will see this happen. Your resting heart rate will also lower. This tells you that you are progressing.
As your resting heart rate improves, you will need to recalculate your target heart rate zones as discussed earlier. When you see an improvement in your resting heart rate, re-calculate your heart rate zones for optimal fat burning.
As your resting heart rate improves, you will be going faster and further than before. You won't see this as an increase in intensity according to your heart rate, but you'll be performing at a much higher level.
This simply means your cardiovascular system is improving. And this is a great sign.
You'll feel better and your health will improve. Your body fat will disappear, and you'll have less of that dead weight to carry around each day. You'll feel like a load has been lifted off of your back. Your joints will feel better. Everything will get better for you.
How Do You Continue Making Progress, Though?
You keep pushing yourself in the gym. You continue to try to get better within your target heart rate zone. You add cardio sessions when needed to continue fat loss.
Cardiovascular exercise will continue to become easier for you, so you have to push yourself even harder. Here are three things you can do to continue progressing:
- Raise the intensity to reach the high end of your target heart rate zone.
- Change activities often. Your body adapts to the same activity.
- Increase duration of cardiovascular exercise to burn more calories.
One of the best ways to continue getting better is changing activities. Each activity provides a different level of difficulty and adds variety to your program. When you change activities, the new activity will naturally be harder for you because it's new to your body.
I always recommend that you include as many different types of activity in your cardio program as possible. This prevents your body from adapting to one activity.