15 Things Scarier than Doing Cardio

Cardio can be terrifying. Starting in the 1st grade, cardio is used as punishment during your P.E. class! If your classmate screws up, everyone has to take a lap. Or who remembers hearing the pacer and having panic set in with every beep?

We were conditioned to fear cardio! But let’s be real for a second: cardio is super important. Not only does it help get your heart rate up, it can help burn fat so you can build a more toned, lean body!

Let’s run through 15 things that are WAAAAY scarier than cardio.

1. The sound of your alarm clock

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There are thousands of scary noises out there; nails on a chalkboard, screaming toddlers, your phone hitting the ground, and so much more.

But none compare to the sound of your alarm clock when you feel like you just barely fell asleep.

No matter what ringtone you set it to, it physically pains you whenever you hear it. It’s a literal shot in the heart, ripping you out of dreamland and into harsh morning reality.

Your alarm going off at 5:45 for your morning run, terrifying.

2. Your phone battery dying

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A dying phone battery is more terrifying than almost anything on planet Earth. If your phone battery dies, you might as well just go home and sleep for the rest of the day, because the day has basically ended.

If we all put half as much effort into our own physical health and recharging, the world would be in a different place.

3. The “January Rush” at every gym

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Have you been to a gym on January 5? Don’t even dream of waiting less than 17 minutes to use the ab machine.

New Years Resolutions don’t usually last longer than a couple weeks, but during those early days of January, every local gym is a war zone.

4. Leg day

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(trying to walk after leg day ?)

To many people, leg day is the worst -just ask your local bro. 😉 Juuust kidding. (But really, leg day is super important for building strong lower body! )

The awful kicker of leg day, you are probably gonna be too sore to walk.


Aching muscles the next day means skipping the gym, say goodbye to your routine. That is, if you have a routine!

Don’t have one?

We’ve got your back, girl!

5. Clowns, and pretty much any Halloween decoration

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Alright, I’m about half-past done hearing about the movie It. As if I didn’t already hate clowns and everything they represent.

To make matters worse, people think sending me clown gifs and videos is hilarious.


I honestly think I’d rather face a marathon head on than a clown, and that’s saying something. (I actually just did my first half marathon last month!)

6. Nasty Protein Bars or Shakes

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You’ve probably tried your boyfriend’s or husband’s protein shake that tasted like a rotten dog treat. But protein can’t taste good AND be healthy for you….right?

Err… wrong.

This is 2018 (almost 2019, for that matter) and tasty and healthy protein shakes are 100% a real thing. But, they’ve got to have the right ingredients for us ladies to support our own goals.

Check out my fave protein here. I literally 100% guarantee it.

7.Ripping Your Clothes in Public

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If you haven’t experienced this personally, you haven’t lived life.

8.Your In-Laws

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My in-laws are awesome, but I will say I’ve heard my fair share of “in-law” horror stories. Heaven help us this upcoming holiday season.

Nothing even needs to be said here, except, start formulating your answer now for the dreaded “when are you having kids” question.

Back off Trish, not everyone wants 9 kids by age 37.


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Mondays + your alarm clock = the end of your happiness as you knew it.

Don’t worry, in 105 hours it will be the weekend, for what will seem like a glorious 12 whole seconds.

10. Running out of Pre-Workout

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Energy seems to be something I’m always chasing. Pre-workout is my go to trick for an often needed energy boost.

But when you run out, oh no.

There are some night workouts that if void of pre-workout make every dumbbell curl feel like a million pounds. Running out of pre-workout can be terrifying, so, I always stay stocked!

11. Your Best Friend Being Hangry

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When we are hungry, we turn into our worst selves. I’ve seen sweet and usually quiet women make grown men cry while hangry.

The only thing scarier than being hangry yourself is your best friend being hangry. Beware.

12. A “No-Sweets” Diet

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is super important for building a strong, toned physique. Nutrition is absolutely key when it comes to results.

But guess what? Finding a healthy medium is also key. Can you imagine a life where you had to live without ice cream and other sweets?

It’s all about balance!

13.Being chased by an animal and not being able to outrun it

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This is, for some reason, my go-to dream! I can’t stand it.

Always running as fast as possible, but… you just can’t get away.

My being chased dream usually involves a cheetah or a bear. Looks like I need to hit the treadmill more.

14. Trying to Copy other People’s Fitness

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I used to suffer from this one, always wanting to be like that ‘other’ girl on Instagram or Snapchat.


A lot of that is edited and Photoshopped. Sorry to burst your fitness dream bubble.

Through years of working on my own weight loss journey and coaching others, I discovered that fitness needs to be personal. The tips and meal plans I give are just guidelines! Being healthy really is about finding your fit!

One of my best gym workouts could be your absolute least favorites. What being fit means for me, could be 100% different for you! A food that I can manage cravings for might be your biggest vice.

Each woman is different.

Each body is different.

So, find your fit this season!

15. Sore Muscles after doing cardio

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I recently ran a half marathon and my legs felt like cement blocks the next day.

Walking was a chore.

Luckily, I had some BCAAs to help tone down the muscle soreness post-cardio. If I didn’t have those, I probably wouldn’t have been able to walk at all!

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Lindsey Mathews

Lindsey Mathews

Head Trainer & Nutritionist

Lindsey Mathews is the Head Trainer and Nutritionist at IdealFit. She is a NSCA-CSCS certified personal trainer, C-ISSN certified sports nutritionist, Pn. 1 certified nutrition coach, and a nationally qualified NPC bikini competitor. Before joining IdealFit, she ran the largest boot camp program in Utah County.

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