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Updated by Mona Mueller on Jun 04, 2014
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How to get the most out of your Cardio-Workout!

Here are some tips and tricks on how to boost your cardio workout and ramp up that calorie count! Feel free to add to it!

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Warm up!

Warm up!

Before you start, you should get your body ready to work out for a while. So, do some light stretches, run around the block, or pedal on the bike for a few minutes, before the actual workout/cardio-class starts. This way, you won't be getting cramps while running, or be out of breath shortly after the start of the spin-class ;)

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Drink enough water

Drink enough water

This counts for before and after the workout - and during of course. Make sure to help your body sweat out the toxins and replace the water in your cells by drinking enough.

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Eat lightly about 1.5-2hrs before your workout

Eat lightly about 1.5-2hrs before your workout

Fuel up your body with some light snacks before you push it hard during the workout. Apple slices with peanut/almond butter, a granola bar, or a quinoa salad are all good examples of a nice little snack. Eating healthy grains before a workout gives you the energy to push your body more - and burn off more calories.

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Find a Class/Workout you like

Find a Class/Workout you like

The more you like it, the more you'll want to get better and push yourself. No need to drag yourself to a marathon if you despise it - try spinning or aerobics instead. You'll be more likely to stick to it, too!

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Incorporate Intervalls

Incorporate Intervalls

It's great if you can run for 45 minutes without needing a break. But to boost your metabolism, it's better to sprint in between as well. Don't let your body get used to your workout and your progress stall.

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Take on the hill!

Take on the hill!

No matter if you're running or on a bike/spin-bike - adding a challenge to your workout by increasing the level will help you burn more calories.

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Watch your form

Watch your form

Make sure your form is tiptop before going strong - to prevent injuries. Knees should not turn in or out - because that means your leg muscles aren't strong enough to support you. Don't hurt your back by hovering down too much, and make sure your shoulders are relaxed.

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Listen to your music

Listen to your music

Something I learned during cardio class: music is an important motivator. Choose songs that are fast-paced, and some that are a bit calmer, and then try to run or spin with the rhythm. It will change up your workout and get your heartrate going.

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Change it up

Change it up

Don't stick to the usual steps - when spinning, do some sit-stands or hover to get to your glutes, when running choose a new route or go on trails, and if you like aerobics or boxing, try a new instructor to mix it up.

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Stretch when you're done!

Stretch when you're done!

You can prevent muscle pain and injuries by simply stretching once you're done your workout. You'll actually feel better the next day, and gain more flexibility.