I’m a retired cardio bunny.
I used to love running.
Or well, I thought I did.
When I was younger, I didn’t know how to workout ‘properly’, so I did what most magazines told me to do, which was cardio. Every single time I went to workout, I ran. I ran outside… I ran on treadmills… I just ran. I didn’t know what else to do. I mean after all, women should only do cardio right? We don’t want to get BULKY.
Okay, so running was kind of fun. I liked the feeling after I ran, but at the end of the day and after years of only running, I realized that I still didn’t have the body shape that I wanted. That’s when I finally decided to take the plunge and start weight lifting. And now, I am the happiest I have ever been not only with my body, but also, in my relationship with exercise. Gone are the days when I dread working out because I knew I was going to have to run and run and run. BORING.
Now, I want to help YOU. You are a cardio bunny and it’s time to retire. Here’s how you can do that.
1. Recognize that cardio isn’t giving you the body you want
(Hence why you are reading this post). You’ve been running for a long time, yet you still don’t have the lean and toned look that you dream of. Well girl, I think it’s pretty obvious here that your workout routine just isn’t going to give that to you.
2. Realize that you will need to embrace the uncomfortable in order to change.
Breaking a habit and forming a new one is extremely tough. It’s not going to feel good at first. It will feel uncomfortable and awkward, but the best thing to do is to embrace that feeling. You will feel it and it will pass, but if you get scared and go back to your old routine, you won’t get the physique you are dreaming of.
3. Finally accept that lifting will NOT, I repeat, will NOT make you ‘bulky’.
It won’t. Let it go. End of story.
4. Slowly reduce the number of cardio days and replace them with weight lifting days.
It’s much better to slowly ease out of all the cardio than to cut it out cold turkey. Start a weight lifting routine and take out those cardio days week by week.
5. Allow change to take TIME.
You will feel uncomfortable, you will doubt things, but you must trust the process and allow ample time before you start feeling/noticing a difference.
Coming from a former cardio bunny, these are my favorite tips to get out of the cardio cycle and to get the lean and toned body that you want. Now, its up to you.
Are you ready to retire and change for good?