Heart health and fat burning doesn't have to mean sticking yourself on a machine.
Many people don't like cardio machines. They find it boring and confining. Everybody is different and individual people need to find what suits them best, so they can stick to their fitness programs and enjoy themselves.
Here are Five Cardio Alternatives
1. Circuit Training
Using your own body weight or lighter weights perform multiple reps of each exercise (15-25) and switch to the next exercise with minimal rest. Circuit training can be done is many combinations. There is upper, lower abs rest, all lower body body than upper body and you can also throw in step ups, jumping jacks or jump rope in between exercises.
Most sports are a full body workout. There is so many great sports that if you enjoying playing, there is a lot of variety. Some examples of sports that give you an awesome workout are basketball, football, soccer, hockey and tennis.
3. Martial Arts
Learning martial arts is not only an excellent workout but it can come in handy in a tough situation. Martial arts training usually involves strength training. Some dojos even have a weight room. Training is hard, even the warm up will take it out of you! Some people only need martial arts training to stay in great shape.
You don't even have to schedule a long walk if you don't want to. Just by walking at a brisk pace wherever you go will help you accumulate 30 minutes of physical activity a day. This will make your heart very happy! You can also make exercise seem leisurely by taking out a camera to capture the scenes.
5. Cycling, Skateboarding and Rollerblading
These are all fun activities that you can do on your own, or with friends. Sure you are stuck on a piece of equipment but it sure beats staring at a wall in the gym!
Cardiovascular activity doesn't have to be something you dread. Find activities that interest you. This way, exercising will be something to look forward to!
Make Cardio Fun!
October 18, 2008