Tired of doing the exact same cardio routine? If cardio conjures the same picture of you running on a treadmill, or turning away on a bike/elliptical it could get tough to stick with it.
Here are a couple reasons we need cardio in our daily lives. It also assists in increasing your lung capacity in addition to making your heart stronger. It even reduces the chance of you having a heart attack, having hypertension, diabetes, or even high cholesterol. It’s even been proven to make you feel good, sleep better, reduce stress, and enhance your sexual drive.
I think we could agree that cardio is by far a fantastic thing, now the only thing we need to do is to make it something you would enjoy doing. If your tired of the same old routine, your body probably is too. This article will introduce some interesting new things which will help incorporate some cardio, and all its many health benefits, to your life.
There are so many activities that people might not see as a work out but in fact provide a good cardiovascular exercise. One such activity is dance. Nowadays many health clubs offer cardio dance courses that are usually either free or for a small per class fee. If you want to create a night of it rather than your normal bar scene there are pubs that have salsa dances for beginners. There’s something for everyone and many times beginner classes are free.
In case you’ve got two left feet and dancing is not for you, why not try swimming. This helps especially if you have sore knees or if your joints hurt. If you don’t know how to swim or don’t want to just swim laps, try doing aquaerobics (the water version of aerobics).
If you like jogging or cycling but are tired of the gym, get outside! Whether a local 5K or your first triathlon there are ways of bringing out that competitive spirit that will bring out your love of this game, and add to a support group to help you stay motivated. Finding a good trail near you could be an easy search of local forest preserves or lakes/rivers/oceans.
There is a plethora of different sorts of martial arts that one can practice. If your hesitant since you do not wish to fight, there are many places that will allow you to learn self defense methods. Here are a couple tips to finding a great martial arts school. Some questions you might ask are; What is the instructor to student ratio? And What is the average age of the students that are on your potential class? Also, take advantage of a free class if there is one available, it is going to provide you a great idea if it’s a good fit.
Lastly, remember the main reason we went out as children, sports. When we were little going outside was a pleasure, at times a privilege, but not a chore. Find whatever old sports equipment you have collecting dust and use them in the neighborhood park or backyard. When in doubt ask your kids what sports they would like to play. If you do not have children you can borrow a relatives or neighbors or volunteer for a big brother/ big sister and make a kid’s day that much brighter. Remember we are the role models, and there isn’t any better time than now to make a positive effects.
These were just a few examples of ways to get more cardio in your life. I am hoping that at least one of these might have given you some inspiration or ideas the next time you are contemplating not going to the gym for cardio. Its not the easiest thing to stay motivated, but getting creative helps. And once you make it fun, you can do more with joy.