This Cardio Hack Will Make Your Workouts More Effective

This technique is shockingly simple and wonderfully effective.

Whether you like to hear it or not, there is a place for low intensity cardio workouts in nearly everyone's training program. When used correctly, low intensity cardio can be a great fat loss tool and an even better general health training method. Mixing several styles of cardio into your programming is usually a great way to cover all bases when it comes to health and performance.

Although it seems extremely easy to execute, there is one big habit that people can break to activate their full cardiovascular potential.

All you have to do is relax your hands and un-clench your fists.

Believe it or not, clenching your fists incrementally drains your energy during moderate to low intensity cardio exercises. So whether you're going on a long-distance jog or just walking on the treadmill, you may be able to perform at a higher level by un-clenching your fists, allowing yourself to use more energy throughout your workout. You may even notice sprinters using this technique, which is an interesting topic of conversation.

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Your hands don't have to be open. You can still bend your fingers. Just don't clench your fists. Let your hands relax completely. You can lightly rest your thumbs on the knuckles of your index fingers or gently rest your thumbs and index fingertips together.

If you increase your performance even by a mere one percent by making this change, imagine the accumulation of progress you'll experience after a year of implementation.

It's all about the small details that eventually add up. Try it out!


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Topics: CARDIO | RUNNING | SPRINTING