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1/11/13 3:49 AM
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darkness66
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So every year for work I participate in a wellness program. This program consists of a full physical, blood labs, flexibility assessment, hearing and vision, diet and nutrition consult and a cardiac stress test.
I really don't like cardio but I've never performed well on the stress test. My first three years I did bjj and muay Thai. My cardio in the gym felt great but when I got on that tread mill I was always below average. I can hang with the high intensity circuits that we do three times a week at work and I'm also currently doing 5/3/1 but I just don't like to run. Every time I do a run I feel defeated but also motivated to improve but ultimately I end up staying of the track long enough to never really improve. What I really want to know is if there is a way around getting out there and running. I've tried intervals in the past and they definitely break the monotony of a distance run but I've never stuck with it.

So what do you guys say? Do I need to man up and get the running shoes out or are there more creative ways to improve cardio? Phone Post
1/11/13 4:00 AM
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Run slower. Get a hr monitor and stick to the right zone Phone Post
1/11/13 5:57 PM
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Most stress tests are administered using a treadmill. If you want to train specifically, then get on the treadmill and walk / jog / run, working up on the incline. My advice would be work on keeping your HR somehwere between 140-170 BPM for at least 10 minutes per workout, do this at least 3 X per week. Honestly a few weeks of this just be fore the test date will likely cause a nice adaptation for you.

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1/12/13 3:51 PM
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Thanks guys. Phone Post
1/13/13 11:54 AM
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Leigh - Run slower. Get a hr monitor and stick to the right zone Phone Post
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1/13/13 1:47 PM
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You could probably improve your cardio by walking briskly.

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