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The Ultimate Career Cardio Workout

If you want to get in shape, you have to develop a balanced exercise program that fits your needs. In addition to resistance exercises such as body weight movements and free weights, you’ll want to do some cardio. The style of cardio you want to do may vary depending on your athletic preferences; if you’re a triathlete, you’re probably quite lean, and therefore engage in distance running. But for most people, quick, intense, efficient cardio is the name of the game. It burns fat and boosts your metabolism, which helps keep you trim while maintaining your energy levels. Even if you’re not frequently participating in athletic competition on an amateur or professional level, it’s crucial to take care of your body. If you don’t, you’ll suffer a lot of unnecessary pains and problems. And much like your body, your career – i.e. body of work in your field – can benefit from a carefully calculated plan designed to enhance your skill set and overall professional aptitude. Let’s examine how to jumpstart your career and continue down a path of excellence.

For many, life presents a default path aimed at educating the general population and herding them toward the workforce. Some attend public school, others may homeschool, while others complete high school coursework online or through a GED program. The next stage of education usually involves obtaining a degree or certification of some type, depending on the profession we desire. This is where you must ask yourself,  "Which career is right for me, and how will I get there?"

Since there are so many options to consider, remembering the exercise principle of efficiency will come in handy. You can burn a few hundred calories by running several miles, but you can achieve the same results with high intensity interval training. That being said, if you’re training for a marathon, running several miles makes sense. If you want to be a doctor, you have many years of school ahead of you. However, if you want to be a medical assistant, online courses are available that allow you to tailor your learning schedule around the other responsibilities you have in life. Not everyone is able to attend standard lecture hall style classes, making online programs a welcome option.

If you’re already in your career, it’s important to keep from becoming stagnant. There are ways to keep your edge while improving your skills and increasing your market value as an employee. Some professions require continued education, meaning your coursework doesn’t stop after you’ve been hired. Teachers must maintain their certification, and they may need additional provisions if they move to another state. Accountants need to stay up to date with current standards and best practices. Fortunately, working professionals have options when it comes to meeting professional standards. Online courses are the intense cardio equivalent of the working world. You may not spend hours in a classroom, but you obtain the requisite knowledge, and you get results.

If you’re looking for a way to kick your career into high gear, look into any resources that may be available to you. If you haven’t entered the workforce yet, meet with a career center consultant. If you’re working but aren’t satisfied and want a career change, see what options are available to you. There’s a good chance you won’t need to dramatically alter your life as you pursue your new interest. Lastly, if you’re a professional satisfied with your career, pay attention to the many options you have to improve yourself so you can continue to stand out in your field and achieve your dreams.

Just like working out, the hardest part is getting started. Once you establish positive habits and set goals however, the sky is the limit, and you’ll be well on your way to having a career that is in tip-top shape.  

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