I don’t know about you, but I get tired of that boring DREADmill that some people refer to as a treadmill. Who wants to run and run and run and still stay in the same place? Some people enjoy it, while others, like me, simply dread it. There is nothing wrong with getting in a good sprint or jog once in awhile, but it gets boring over time. I would rather spend 20-30 minutes of my cardio doing other activities such as riding a bike or jump roping. Although running is a very effective way to burn calories, it’s not the only way. There are many ways to change up your cardio routines! Here are 5 of my favorite cardio alternatives.
Burn 400-600 calories per hour:What are “plyos” you might be asking yourself. I am sure you’ve seen them before. Plyometrics consists of body weight exercises such as jump squats, burpees, lunges, etc. These exercises are explosive movements that elevate your heart rate, while also engaging your muscles. Also known as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), these routines can be a great addition to your cardio workout, while providing functional strength to your regimen.
2. Rowing Machine
Burn 200-400 calories per hour:Hop on a rowing machine to workout your entire body! The rowing machine is a great way to increase your heart rate while getting a great core and back workout at the same time. Unlike running, you have less impact on your joints, causing less ache and pain during your exercise. During this workout you want to focus on your power, rather than your speed to ensure maximum muscle use.
3. Jump rope
Burn 10 calorie per minute:You don’t have to be in elementary school to grab some jump ropes. Although this is a higher impact exercise, it is an excellent aerobic workout to improve your cardiovascular system. Not only do you get great aerobic work, you also sculpt your shoulder and calf muscles in the process. It’s also great for improving your overall coordination when your body is under duress, requiring continued focus.
Burn 500 calories per hour:Get your cardio done by sitting on your but. Literally. You can either use a stationary bike at your local gym, or grab one of your own and hop on the road or trails. Cycling is an awesome and fun way to not only get your cardio in, but also carve and tone your legs!
Burn 600 calories per hour:You don’t have to be at the gym to get this cardio workout done! Stay home and run up and down your own stairs to get that heart rate going. You can even go to your local track field and jump on the bleachers. Bleachers and stairs will burn a greater amount of calories versus running. This type of stepping activity improves your lower body strength, increasing muscle in your hamstrings, glutes, quads, and even calves. What more can you ask for than a bigger butt and greater endurance!Cardiovascular training is a crucial component in any weight loss program. However, it is a huge misconception the you should spend hours doing strictly cardio to melt fat off. It is not true. The amount of cardio, along with resistance training, should be tailored to each person. There is no magic machine or workout that will bust you into shape in 2 days. Follow the guidance of a professional who can create a program designed specifically for you and your goals.Learn how much cardio you should be doing by scheduling a free 30 minute consultation with one of our professional FitBody Fusion coaches.
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