When doing cardio, do you often find people reading and not working their butt off?  Working in a fitness centre, I see it every day.  If you ‘re on a stationary piece of equipment, like a bike, it may be a bit easier to read, but when walking or running on the treadmill or elliptical, how are you honestly able to keep your body still enough to read?  Here are some tips to get you through the grueling 30 or 60 minutes.

1) Download the audio version of the book.  If you want to be productive by getting some “reading” in, this alternative will allow your workouts to be more efficient (ie. you’ll be able to sweat more and attain your goals in a shorter time frame).

2) Put some TV shows or movies on your iPod.  You can time how long you want your workout to be by the length of the video.

3) Make your workout all about intervals.  Setting the equipment up by pressing quick start and regulating your own workout will give you something to focus on.  There are a few different ways to run interval training.  If you are a beginner, try walking for 1 minute and running for 1 minute at a 1% incline.  When you feel you are strong enough to progress, you will most likely already be in a groove that cardio will become part of your day.

4) Set up a motivating playlist on your mp3 device.  Music is the #1 thing that motivates any individual to do anything in life.  Search on iTunes for motivating beats or lyrics.  I find iTunes has a lot of new artists that you may not have heard of.  This will give you a great opportunity to broaden your repertoire.

5) Workout with a buddy.  Nothing gets you through a workout like talking to a friend or colleague.  This not only gives you time alone to talk about anything other than work, but you will be helping each other achieve your goals.  This may be a great way to get to know a colleague on a personal level.