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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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