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Get It Up, Your Heart Rate That Is: Two Mile Variety

This is an easy cardio workout that anyone can do. You go at your own pace and then you're able to switch it up entirely by trying out a new machine. If you're gym is super crowded when you go, then you may be better off tying my other cardio routines so you don't have to wait in line midway through your workout.

  • Start by getting on a treadmill or elliptical. Warm up at an easy pace for five minutes.
  • After your warm-up, go two miles at a moderate/hard pace. Try and keep your heart rate in 65-80 percent of your max.
  • Once you've completed your two miles then hop on a stationary bike, rower, or StepMill for an additional 15 minutes. Be sure to keep your heart rate up and not let it dip below 65 percent of your max.
  • Cool down for five minutes.

Not sure what your heart rate is? Check out my calculator to get an idea.


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wilbertnl wilbertnl 9 years
Interval programs are more effective for cardio, so I heard. My experience is that I do really well with for example 2 minutes at 60% and then 2 minutes at 80% of my max heart rate. I continue this for 30-45 minutes. It's no big deal if your heart rate drops for a moment. What do you think?
AtlantaNoleGirl AtlantaNoleGirl 9 years
I do something like this all the time... mostly because I love the stationary bike but it doesn't burn calories as efficiently as the elliptical or cross trainer. So I'll do one of those for 20-30 min and then jump on the bike and pedal away for another 15-20.
mwjank mwjank 9 years
It seems like this would be really hard to do at a gym at all. It would be difficult not to let your heart rate dip too low if you took the time to wipe down and sanitize your machine before switching to another. It would be too gross and discourteous not to...
ovenmitt ovenmitt 9 years
i am trying so hard to work on my jogging but every time i go above 4.3 miles an hour on my treadmill my heart rate shoots up! i'm not the lightest, but it's been a real struggle for me. the elliptical seems like a great alternative, but i'm trying to train for a race. meh.
SunshineDee13 SunshineDee13 9 years
sounds good :) I'm going to try this today when I hit the gym. desperately need to purchase a heart rate monitor.
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