3 Cardio Workouts You Never Thought Of

3 Cardio Workouts You Never Thought Of

3 Cardio Workouts You Never Thought Of

Let’s face it, you can only do so much running on the treadmill or cycling on the stationary bike before you start going nuts.  What if I told you there are cardio workouts that I bet you never considered or thought of?  We are so programmed into thinking that cardio needs to either be done on a piece of cardio equipment or that we need to be running outside.  That’s not necessarily the case.  In fact, I’m going to list three cardio workouts that more than likely, you aren’t even going to realize your heart rate is elevated because you’re having so much fun because you’re thinking outside of the box.

  1. Sports

Rather than running like crazy, yet going nowhere on the treadmill, take your cardio workouts to the court or field.  Do you enjoy playing basketball, tennis, soccer, swimming, racquetball, or even boxing?  Then spend your time doing the cardio workouts you enjoy.  Don’t be a slave to the treadmill!  You can burn just as many, if not more, calories by playing recreational sports than you would be sitting on the recumbent bike or climbing the StairMaster.  Stop doing cardio workouts that you don’t enjoy!

uncommon cardio exercises

  1. Hiking

While you aren’t running up a hill (even though you can), hiking is a great workout and allows you to get outside and enjoy nature.  Depending on where you live, there’s a good probability that you have a hiking trail nearby that you can drive to.  Hiking makes for great cardio workouts that the entire family can enjoy from your significant other to your kids and even your four-legged furry friends.

  1. High Rep/Low Rest Workouts

Why not kill two birds with one stone?  Are you planning on hitting the weights, but you don’t think you’ll have enough time to fit in cardio too based on your busy schedule?  No worries!  Do it all at the same time.  How?  All you need to do is keep your heart rate elevated throughout your resistance training workout.  Now, you might be wondering how you can turn weights into one of the best cardio workouts you’ll ever complete, but it’s true.  Change up your workout by lowering the weight slightly and pushing for more reps.  Not only will this get your heart rate cranking, but when you combine this protocol with a shorter rest period, you don’t allow your heart rate to drop.  Rather than taking 45-60 seconds between sets (or even longer), shorten them to 15-20 seconds or even consider doing a circuit where you move from one exercise directly to the next without any rest period.

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Article Courtesy Of Matt Weik 

 

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