"Don't Put Me Down for Cardio"

Updated: Oct 15, 2018

Occasionally I will attempt an itttty bitttty bit of cardio when I'm at the gym. Solely for the purpose of making sure I can complete it. And when I say itty bit I'm talking, like, 10 burpees of some sort. Complete them? Check it off the list of things I won't be doing again for a while.

I just don't have the, well...anything, to do cardio. Call it willpower, call it drive, call it attitude - I don't care. Just don't call my name when you're looking for a cardio-buddy. I'm not her. I maybe used to be her but I'm not her anymore.

I've never really been able to explain why I dislike straight cardio-training so intensely. Until I ran across another Blog (this one written by a person with actual knowledge!) explaining why she also hates cardio.

I'll add just a bit of the post here and then link the full post if you want to read all of it, but basically it touches upon the fact that by doing cardio, your body expects cardio. It needs more cardio to be better than it was.

"...I realized long ago that doing regular cardio just didn’t work for me. It made me starving all the time and insatiable when I ate and it gave me wild blood sugar/mood crashes, and I had to constantly motivate myself with mental rallying and willpower tricks.

It also felt like a trap. Your body gets used to whatever you do regularly, so if you do an hour of cardio everyday your body eventually adjusts and expects an hour of cardio every day. Unlike lifting and HIIT training which can get harder every time you do it, steady-state cardio is pretty much always the same, so in order to maintain results or see better results, you just have to keep adding more cardio. Basically your reward for doing lots of cardio is that you have to do even more cardio. No thanks lol." --Jessi Kneeland

So there's no way to get better at doing cardio unless you're going to keep doing more and more cardio?

Ugh. Sounds like my version of hell.

No thank you.

Here's the moral of this post. Two actually. Its a dual-moral kind of story, here.

First, if I ever get to the point where I start talking about things I do at the gym, don't look for photos of a treadmill screen or me talking about tackling a burpee challenge. Those are days I cannot (and will not) go back to. I'm old-ish. My body rebels against this type of activity. My knees ache. My feet hurt and I will likely spend most of the time thinking I'm going to pee myself since my bladder is not exempt from hating cardio either.

Two, for those of you who do train with cardio - WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?! Just kidding, that wasn't my actual point. My real point is, if you are someone who chooses cardio as a form of fitness training but you've plateaued or are stuck in a rut where you're not seeing change - there's a reason.

Here's the full link to ready Jessi Kneeland's Cardio Post - it may answer some of your cardio questions like it did mine.


Please don't read this post whether you're a cardio-lover or cardio-tolerater and think you should give up your cardio. If you're doing it and it's working for you, who am I to tell you to stop? No one, that's who. Don't listen to me, I eat M&M's for breakfast for cripes' sake! Any (and I do mean any) form of fitness or exercise or activity is better than no form at all.

All I'm really trying to say is, if you're not motivated to go for a run - who cares? Don't run. Go for a walk. Go lift some weights or some cans of tomato sauce in your cupboard. Go find a punching bag or do some push ups. There are so many great forms of getting in activity - don't beat yourself up if everyone you know is a runner and you have no desire to be one.

Be you. The person who lifts tomato sauce cans. She's great too.