Fitness woman skipping with a jump rope outdoors. Female doing fitness training in morning.

Cardio.
One of my least favorite words in the dictionary, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that. Annoyingly, research tells us we should do cardio. It has a whole host of benefits: stronger heart and lungs, reduced stress, better bone density, better sleep… the list goes on.
So what do you do if running and burpees just aren’t your thing? I’ve got you covered.

1. Go for a swim 

Did you know swimming increases your heart rate? Neither did I, but it totally does. It’s also especially great if you don’t want to put your joints through too much, as it’s a pretty low impact exercise.

2. Grab your dancing shoes Cheerful women dancing with arms raised during party. Happy female friends are enjoying on terrace. Multi-ethnic people are celebrating during sunset.

Dance dance dance dance. Put on your favourite tunes and let loose! And you need help on the dancing front try Zumba, you’ll be smiling and sweating at the same time.

3. Jump rope Fit athletic woman runner doing her warming up routine exercises with jumping rope outdoors

If a jumprope was good for Rocky then it’s good enough for me. Think jumprope is for babies? Go ahead, do 200 skips without stopping.

4. Take yourself for a spin Busy sportsman is at exercise bike with earphones, he looking ahead

Spinning is pretty grilling; a typical class works your legs, your arms, and your butt, along with getting your heart literally racing. Way better than the treadmill.

5. AMRAP Beautiful girl performing exercise with kettlebel

As many repetitions as possible. This is a CrossFit favorite. For a set amount of time, say 30 minutes, you move through a circuit of different exercises, trying to complete the entire circuit as many times as you can before time runs out. If you’re doing it right, you might just taste your heart in your mouth.

6. Row your boat Woman exploring calm tropical bay with limestone mountains by kayak. Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Rowing is fantastic exercise. Your legs, shoulders, and arms will be in feeling it pretty quick, but the goal is to just keep going. Watch your form and move fast – your heart rate will be up and running in no time!

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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