Investing in a cardio machine or other training equipment is just the first step toward getting into shape – but an elliptical trainer or treadmill on its own isn’t going to magically get you into shape, and if you don’t start using it, then you won’t start to see the benefits. The question is then, how do you go about seeing the benefits of your equipment and get the results that you want?
To do this you need to write a program – you need to have a great plan of attack that can help you get started and then stat to progress and get into shape. But how do you go about devising this master plan? Here we will look.
First of all you should get a piece of paper and you should separate it into a grid of your various days. Here you are going to write in what you have to do each day whether it’s 10 minutes of CV, 20 minutes or 1 hour – or whether it’s a day off. Now decide first of all – how much training is realistic at this point – how much can you manage and how much will be healthy rather than taking too much of a toll on your body. This will vary depending on you and there is no right and wrong answer. However you should make sure that if you are a beginner that you don’t hit it too hard, and that you always leave a few days of the week for rest and recovery. At the same time be sure to plan it around your days and your commitments and to make sure it’s realistic – it’s better to have an unambitious plan and to stick to it than it is to have one that seems amazing that you drop after day one.
Next you should make sure to add in a few other things that you can do in your program. While CV can help to give you full body improvements, it is still only one form of exercise and if that’s all you do then your body will soon plateau and you will find you stop growing as result.
If you can afford it, then having more than one CV machine is a good idea (and this is a bonus of using a gym membership). At the same time though you can make sure you involve a few other little workouts that help to spice things up. A little bit of light weights work or resistance machines can be great for this, as can a jog into work one of the days or a bike ride. For the best results mix it up and keep the body guessing.
Finally you need to consider diet and this is the missing piece of the puzzle without which you will be largely wasting your time. Your diet should include low amounts of carbs (particularly simple carbs) and an increase in protein to aid in recovery. General vitamins and minerals can also help improve energy and fitness.