Cardio Exercises That You Might Actually Enjoy
By Genevieve Cunningham
You've been told that cardio is important. It burns calories and helps you trim stubborn fat. For a lot of people, the word cardio makes them think of one thing: running. But let's be honest: running is definitely not for everyone. So what are you supposed to do if you really need to increase your cardio but you absolutely despise running? You're in luck! For the running haters, take a look at these intense and effective cardio exercises that you might actually enjoy.
Riding a bicycle is hard. You might not remember. It's possible that it's been a few years since you've enjoyed a leisurely ride. But as soon as you start pedaling, you'll quickly feel the burn in your legs and remember just how tough it can be to keep going. Biking really works the lower half of your body, and it's tough on your stamina as well. But the good thing about biking is that it's fun. If enjoying your cardio is important to you, bring out your inner kid and have some fun.
Speaking of things that are fun, is there anything more fun than busting a move? Dancing -- whether it's ballet or tap or ballroom -- is a ton of fun. And luckily for the dancer, it's also an incredible workout. Almost all kinds of mainstream dancing forces you to use multiple muscle groups. You'll probably break a sweat, too. Dancing stretches the muscles, builds endurance, burns fat, and helps with coordination. It's a great workout overall and is a fun way to get in better shape.
While any kind of walking is beneficial, water walking adds an extra element of fun and an extra element of challenge. The water works as resistance, which means your muscles have to work slightly harder. But the water also works as a cushion. The buoyancy provides a bit of relief because it makes you feel weightless. This means that many of the aches or tension that you normally feel disappear while in the water. All you'll need to make this happen is access to a pool and a swimsuit, and you're good to go.
You don't have to hate cardio. You need some cardio in your life, and so you may as well do something you like. It's the only way to make it last! Try these workouts, have a little fun with them, and get in the best health of your life.
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