Let's face it, nobody likes doing cardio – they tolerate it. That awful, disgusting feeling that you experience when you do cardio training is not unique to you, it is almost universal. Of course, the more you do it, the easier it is, but there are some ways to make it better now .
The point is that you already have a powerful tool that can help make cardio so much more bearable: your smartphone. Instead of leaving it in your pocket or just listening to music, here are five things you can do with it to change cardio from something you fear and easily get through.
: Download a movie or TV show  You probably think "Watch a movie or TV show? That's so obvious." Of course, watching Netflix is common in most gyms, but I have noticed that many people struggle with laggy streams. Weak signal strength and data priority are common problems that can ruin the experience.
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Disney + now all support offline viewing. So this tip is less about watching movies or shows and more about download this before you enter the gym. Come to your next cardio training, prepared with the help of one of the links below:
This next suggestion is a bit unorthodox. One of the most compelling experiences you can have is playing a game. Just like any medium, the better the quality, the deeper the immersion, so that you forget the pain and fatigue you experience while performing cardio.
This does not work with all forms of cardio, but if you happen to be LISS Cardio, Low-Intensity Sustained State, you should be able to play a game without worrying about dropping your phone.
It has never been a better time to play games on your phone. iPhone users have access to more than 100 games with an Apple Arcade subscription (currently $ 4.99 per month). Android users can try Google Play Pass, which offers hundreds of apps and games for the same monthly price. But if you really want to make cardio easier, you want to take advantage of console games.
With Google Stages (currently limited to Pixel phones) you can console play games on your phone with an Xbox One, PS4 or Stadia controller. Microsoft is currently testing its Project xCloud service, which allows you to play Xbox One games on your phone with an Xbox One or PS4 controller. On Android you can even play games in your PC library with Steam.
I suppose you find it hard to figure out how this can be done while walking on a treadmill. Well, thanks to phone clips such as WEPIGEEK foldable controller mobile phone holder for Xbox One ($ 8.99 on Amazon) and OIVO phone clip holder for PS4 ($ 12.99 on Amazon), you can mount your phone on the controller for an easy to view setup that also safe for the constant movement of cardio.
For Xbox One controllers:
for PS4 controllers:
OIVO PS4 Controller Phone Remote Play Mount (currently $ 12.99) on Amazon
Tip 3: listen to an audio book
With cardio sessions that usually last 20 minutes or more, another option is to use the time to be productive. No matter how old we are, everyone can benefit from a good book. Although reading may not be realistic, nowadays audiobooks are so common that you no longer have to.
The Scribd app gives you an unlimited number of books, magazines and audio books for $ 9.99 a month. If you are a fan of Audible, one of the best available audiobook apps, you can sign up for Amazon Kindle Unlimited. It includes not only a subscription to Audible with unlimited audio books per month, but also unlimited e-books and current magazines. It is available for the same price as Scribd, $ 9.99 per month.
Another way to get more out you can make your run by listening to a podcast. With more than 700,000 active podcasts currently available on a wide range of topics, I can guarantee that you will find one that you enjoy. Podcasts can be a great way to find out more about a subject, making it easy to forget what you are doing – even when you are doing cardio.
You can find podcasts on iTunes, Google Play Music and Spotify. However, if you are looking for an app that specializes in everything to do with podcasts, look no further than Pocket Casts.
Pocket Casts has recently changed its subscription and has chosen to make many of its premium features available for free. Without paying a cent, you can use powerful filters to find exactly what you are looking for, synchronize your history, shorten silence and much more. Use it the next time you go to a cardio session and you may want to do an extra 20 minutes to hear more.
Tip 5: Make a video call
One of the most undervalued ways to coming through cardio is, in my experience, a conversation with someone. I think a conversation helps me to come through cardio better than all the previous suggestions. In the times that I don't have physical around me to talk to, I think it's enough to call.
I will emphasize that this method is highly dependent on a few factors, including that conversation with that person is interesting. Another factor is that you have a strong enough connection so that you do not ask them (or they ask you) to repeat yourself with confidence. They also need to have time to talk and you need good noise-canceling headphones for maximum hearing.
But when all these factors came together, I noticed that this method me 30 minutes extra to continue the conversation. Even better, you can video chat instead. This helps your cardio even more, because you now focus your eyes on the person instead of the timer that always seems to be counting slower when performing cardio. Apps such as Google Duo are perfect for this, because they work well even in weaker signal areas.
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