3) Schedule something competitive.
Even cardio freaks like Land have to set far-away goals to keep them accountable, so he suggests finding local 5K or fun runs, bicycle races or even half marathons (the 500 Festival Mini Marathon is a great one).
“I have to have something to train for,” Land said. “I schedule something six months in advance.”
4) Pick cardio that you like.
If you aren’t a treadmill runner and you force yourself to climb onto the treadmill day after day, your drive is going to fade — fast — so it’s important to choose the kinds of cardio that you really enjoy.
“If you do, you’re that much more likely to make it a habit,” he said.
Anytime Fitness even has flat-screen televisions attached to all of its cardio equipment, so you can catch the latest episode of “CSI” while you’re working out.
“A 30-minute cardio session goes by like that,” he said, of the club’s “cardio-vision.”
5) Don’t compare yourself to other people.
Land warns against checking out the treadmill next to you with the guy running at a 6-minute-mile pace.
“Your body isn’t their body, and you’ve not been doing what they’ve been doing,” he said. “And vice versa.”
• Erin Shultz is the Kokomo Tribune Life & Style editor. She may be reached at 765-454-8587 or firstname.lastname@example.org.