Standard cardio (e.g., running on the treadmill or using the elliptical) isn’t for everyone. While these machines have their advantages, the workouts they provide can get stale.
Good news is, there are plenty of fun ways to “sneak in” cardio. Have you tried high-intensity interval training (HIIT)? These routines can get the heart racing while exerting maximum energy in minimal time. Plus, the exercises usually offer a lot of variety, so it’s hard to get bored.
For a nice change of pace, consider integrating weights. Instead of typical dumbbells, switch to a kettlebell (a weighted ball with a handle). This workout tool packs a punch. Use a lighter weight to perform more reps for aerobic benefit. For example, simple swinging motions with the kettlebell require the lower and upper body. The resistance should help your heart rate climb. (If you’re unsure how to use this equipment safely, always consult a professional.)
Another option is to enroll in a dance class. Regardless of style, most classes gradually work their way to faster movements — jumping, turning, etc. — that will get the heart pumping. The camaraderie of students along with a great instructor can be incredibly enjoyable and motivating.
For those unsure which dance type to try, see the accompanying infographic. It includes a wide range of styles — from ballet to jazz to hip-hop and more. These options are excellent choices for health-conscious individuals interested in varying their cardio workouts.
Author bio: Caitlyn Beall is the owner of Dance Studio Insurance, a provider of insurance for dance, yoga, fitness and more. She has nine-plus years of experience in the industry and focuses on providing the most comprehensive insurance coverage with the highest degree of integrity, commitment and customer service.
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