#NOEXCUSES™ Workout Series…let’s talk cardio. It’s super important in a workout program. Especially if you are trying to lose weight. I highly recommend you get 4-6 days of cardio in a week if you are looking to lose weight. You want to keep your body moving! Remember calories in vs calories out. That’s how your body loses weight (more calories going out!!!). So let’s talk about this No Excuses Workout Series Cardio program. It can be performed practically anywhere! And you don’t even need a piece of cardio equipment to make this program work. Obviously if you access to a treadmill or elliptical or bike you can progress a bit more than just outside, but don’t let not having those pieces stop you from getting in your cardio. Remember…No Excuses!!
So the program looks super simple but I promise it’s a good workout. Especially if you are paying attention to your body. This program works off the RPE Scale (Ratings of Perceived Exertion). This is what I mean by paying attention to your body. When you think about the RPE Scale, think of a scale of 1 to 10. 1 being that you are laying in bed doing nothing. 10 being that you are climbing Mount Everest. Based on that knowledge, get your body into those various RPE ranges within the different timed intervals.
If you use a treadmill, stay at the same speed throughout the entire workout and adjust your inclines to get your body into those RPE levels.
If you use an elliptical, stay at the same pace throughout the entire workout and adjust your resistance against your body to get your body into those RPE levels.
If you are are outside, find some hills, add some dumbbells, anything that can get your body into those different RPE levels.
The Steady State interval needs to be where you can still have a conversation but you are breathy throughout. That interval level…no talking!! Get to working!!
As your body grows stronger, you will need to continue to push your boundaries (ie make things more challenging). That’s what’s great about the RPE Scale. In 3 weeks with this program, you will notice that it gets easier (or however long it takes…maybe 1 or 2 weeks!). As long as you are always making adjustments to get your body into those various RPE levels, this workout will be beneficial to you.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!!