Tuesday, February 03, 2009

3 Cardio Mistakes to Avoid

I'm not a hard-core cardio guy. To me, in addition to maintaining a healthy heart, cardio is a tool to help achieve what I want - a lean and fit body.

But I'm often suprised or amazed by how people in the gym do their cardio.

Here are 3 mistakes you want to avoid when doing your cardio exercise. Since you take up the time, make the time worth spent.

#1 Leaning on the handlebars of the stairclimber or elliptical trainer.
The handlebars are there to help you re/gain balance, not for you to lean on all the time. By doing this, it takes off the workload from your legs and core. It may stress your shoulders, back and arms more.

#2 Looking down on your feet or on the moving belt of the treadmill.
It's very dangerous not to keep your posture right while walking/running on the treadmill. At the blink of your eyes, you may trip over, run into the console or "fly" off. Keep you chest high, your head and spine aligned.

#3 Only pushing pedals on the bike.
Your lower body is missing out the powerful hamstring and butt-sculpting benefits. Use the foot strap or wear cycling shoes. Try to make a circle with your feet.

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