Cardio days need variation too! Most people like to stick to one machine for cardio, but I want you to change your mindset. To reach your fitness goals, you have to let go of that “all-or-nothing” mentality. And let's face it — eventually, you'll need more than one cardio option. One day, the weather may be too messy for your usual outdoor jog, or all the elliptical machines will be in use at your gym, or your bike will be in the repair shop. Be flexible. If you only have a treadmill to work with, you can still switch up your workout by performing run-jog intervals in quarter-mile bursts, or walking on an incline. Try different fitness classes in your neighborhood or join a recreational sports league – better yet, coach one of your kid’s leagues and do the workouts WITH them. There are countless ways to consider changing your cardio workout from week to week, you just have to commit to making it happen.
Toned triceps take time. "You don't get better during strength workouts—you get better between them," says Neal Pire, an exercise physiologist at HNH Fitness in Oradell, New Jersey. Muscles take a beating during training, then over a day or two they recuperate and rebuild stronger than before. Many variables affect how quickly your muscle fibers recover after weight training (., your level of fitness, how my weight you're lifting, and how many reps you complete). But for the average Jane, Pire recommends targeting the same muscle group no more than twice a week, leaving at least 48 hours between each.