You know that doing cardio is vital for good health, weight loss, and fitness, but let’s face it—walking a treadmill for an hour isn’t the most enjoyable thing you can do. However, we have some good news for you: research shows that those who do 30 minutes of cardio at least three days a week get the same fitness results as those who do 60 minutes.
We looked for some new ideas for cardio routines, and here is what we found. Hopefully, these will give you some variety and fun!
Try a new way to kickbox.
The owners of Barre Bee Fit gyms in Illinois, Ariana Chernin and Jillian Lorenz, created a new version of their Barre Brawl kickboxing class.
Warm up with a one-minute jog in place, and then go into a squat position. Alternate boxing moves for 30 seconds, and then run in place for thirty seconds with knees high. Repeat cycle once.
Stand with feet wide and knees relaxed. Hop in place and punch overhead for 30 seconds. Then plant your feet and punch high and low for 30 seconds. Do not repeat.
Kick to the front with right foot, and then do two jumping jacks. Shuffle to the right and throw a right jab. Repeat on left side and continue for two minutes.
Return to the squat position and cross punch for thirty seconds. Move into a plank position and hold, and then hop feet out and back together. Repeat once, and then repeat sequence four times.
Cool down with a one-minute jog.
To read more about this cardio workout, go to http://www.self.com/fitness/workouts/2013/03/new-ways-to-do-cardio-slideshow?slide=2#slide=3.
Switch up your current cardio workout.
If you enjoy what you’re currently doing but would like a little variety, just add something new. For example, if you jog for 30 minutes, try running for five minutes after every 10 minutes of jogging, or take a rope with you and jump for 5 or 10 minutes in the middle of your workout. If you walk a treadmill, add an incline, or speed it up to a slow jog.
Adding new cardio routines keeps you from getting bored or avoiding your workouts. Just make sure you enjoy what you’re adding, or you won’t want to do it.
Try the battle of the ropes!
Battling ropes are just what they sound like—long ropes that you have fun with and try to beat. Check out this video . . . looks fun!
What do you do when you need a change in your cardio routine?