So this one time, I wanted to get a hat made that said “Queen of carbs” and they accidentally made it “Queen of cardio.” Now, that just wasn’t going to fly because I rarely do cardio anymore. Like once, twice a week tops. Because the days of me doing hours on hours of cardio every day are so far gone that if they were actually visible, they’d look like little ants. So you can see why a “Queen of cardio” hat was useless to me. However, a hat that said “Queen of quick sprints” I would’ve gladly taken. Except there were no hats. This whole story is made up. But the sprints I actually am queen of, very real. And doing it once a week should very much replace the hours of cardio you hate but keep doing anyways. You’re gonna love this.
Sprint Haters Welcome
I never liked sprints until a few months ago. I actually preferred doing 1+ hour of steady cardio a couple times a week (not every day, I told you those days are gone). But lately I’ve been toying around with sprints on the treadmill, and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s REALLY fun to do hop on / hop off sprints. I love
running flying at 8 – 9 mph then jumping up onto the treadmill edges and cooling down for just long enough to get back on. The bursts are so quick that I don’t feel tired, just challenged. Like I told you guys in The Recovering Girl’s Guide to Working Out, I don’t do any exercise that doesn’t make me feel good while I’m doing it. I also don’t fancy spending hours in the gym anymore. That’s why I’ve been loving this 35 minute sprint combo.
I hope this isn’t how I looked when I was writing down this workout for y’all (image by stupidlaugh.com)
Sexy is Cool, But Strong is Important
There’s a reason this isn’t titled “Quick Sprints for Toned Legs” or “Quick Sprints for a Round Booty” or “Quick Sprints by the Cardio Queen.” If you’re going to give my workout a try – and I think you should – I want you to do it because you have a goal of growing stronger, of challenging yourself, of appreciating your body for all it is capable of, and of feeling confident while you do it. Smaller legs or a bigger bum isn’t the point. YOU are the point. You getting your workout in, sweating buckets, feeling fab, and then getting on with your dang day is the point. Because gym time is great, but it isn’t everything. It’s hardly anything. The world and your life outside the gym is so much more important and worth investing time and memories in. That’s why I’m only making you get on that treadmill for 35 minutes. And for 25 of the minutes you’re hoping on / off anyways. You may as well be dancing. No? I’m the only one who shakes my hips a bit on the treadmill? Ah well, that’s a story for another blog post 😉
Would you rather do sprints dressed as Elle Woods in the bunny costume or dressed as a big stalk of broccoli?
When’s the last time you did sprints?
What advice would you give to anyone trying to be less of a Queen of cardio and take more rest days?
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