Cardio Sucks: here's what you should do instead.
This article isn't for people who enjoy doing the usual steady state cardio (bike, treadmill, stair master, ect.)This article is for people like me. If your idea of cardio is like mine, which includes walking from your car to Dunkin Donuts and back, here are some things you can do.
1) Learn to love loaded carries. Pick something heavy up and walk with it. Set a distance and complete that distance as many times as you can in 10 minutes, every week do a little more weight or distance. For example, doing 30 yards of farmers walks with 50% of your body weight for 10 minutes is an excellent way to not only increase your heart rate and improve your cardiovascular health, but this will also work almost every muscle you have. It is a great way to increase overall strength.
2) Set a time limit. Anyone who tries this will no how great of a workout it is. Take a light weight, about 50% of your 1 rep max for squats or deadlifts, and do it as many times as you can in 10 minutes. If you work your hardest for those 10 minutes and give it all you've got, you will benefit from the short amount of time you put in.
3) Get outside and get moving. You don't have to do anything fancy. Get some friends together and play some basketball, go for a hike, take a trail walk. Even walk to Dunkin Donuts rather than taking your car. Cardio doesn't have to be miserable.