Does jumping to conclusions count as #cardio? We know, those first few minutes on a #treadmill feel like you’re trying to catch your soul as it leaves your body. But #running isn't the be-all-end-all of cardio, here are our favorite alternatives.
Let us go on record by saying we hate cardio. Nothing about a treadmill is appealing, not even the ones with the built-in fans, phone chargers, TV’s...nope! Count me out.
What IS appealing about cardiovascular exercise is a leaner figure, reduced risk of heart disease and enhanced brain function (having brains as big as your muscles is cool too). So we’ve learned to take our cardio elsewhere! These are our favorite exercises that burn fat and are great alternatives to running:
1. Spin Class: cycling is low impact, you get to choose the level of effort you put in, plus you have music & an instructor to boost motivation.
2. Swimming: swimming is a great full-body workout that incorporates both the lower and upper body. Challenge yourself with different strokes, or try our go-to water-based workout.
3. Stairmaster: this one might be known as a sister to the treadmill, but I’ve found that cardio is much more enjoyable when I know I’m getting some glute and quad work in. Alternate between HIIT and LISS, or throw on a resistance band and really get the most out of your workout.
Cardio is all about finding methods that work for YOU, what are your favorite alternatives?