Can cardio be fun?

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Tired of doing the same cardio routine? If cardio conjures the same image of you either running on a treadmill, or spinning off on a bike/elliptical it might get tough to stay with it.

Here are a couple reasons we need cardio in our everyday lives. Cardio is one way to assist you either lose weight or maintain your weight by burning calories. Additionally, it aids in increasing your lung capacity in addition to making your heart stronger. It even reduces the risk of you having a heart attack, with hypertension, diabetes, or even large cholesterol. It has even been proven to make you feel good, sleep better, reduce stress, and enhance your sexual drive.

I believe 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. This article will introduce some interesting new things which will help incorporate some cardio, and all its many health benefits, to your own life.

There are several activities that individuals may not see as a workout but actually offer a good cardiovascular exercise. 1 such activity is dance. Nowadays many gyms offer cardio dance classes that are usually either free or for a small per course fee. If you want to create a night of it instead of your normal bar scene there are bars that have salsa dances for beginners. There is something for everyone and several times beginner courses are free.

If you have two left feet and dance isn’t for you, why not try swimmingpool. This helps especially if you have sore knees or if your joints hurt. If you do not know how to swim or don’t want to just swim laps, try doing aquaerobics (the water version of weightlifting ). Of course if you just want to have fun, there are always games like marco polo which will have you going around.

If you like running or biking 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 the game, and add to that a support team to help you stay motivated. Finding a good trail near you might be a simple search of local forest preserves or lakes/rivers/oceans. You may be surprised how far you go when your running or biking outdoors.

Another option you might not have considered is practicing martial arts. There’s a plethora of different kinds of martial arts that one can practice. Ranging from the popular Karate and Taekwondo to some less popularized styles like Capoeira (which is a Brazilian dance fighting technique) there is sure to be something that suits you. If your hesitant since you don’t wish to fight, there are lots of places that can allow you to learn self defense methods. Here are a few tips to finding a good martial arts school. Some questions you might ask are; what’s the instructor to student ratio? Does the school spar as much or as little as I want? And what’s the average age of the students that are in your potential class? Also, take advantage of a free class if there is one available, it is going to give you a good idea if it’s a good fit.

Lastly, remember the main reason we went out as kids, sports. When we were small 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 local park or backyard. When in doubt ask your kids what sports they want to play. If you do not have children you can borrow a family or neighbors or volunteer for a big brother/ big sister and make a child’s day that much brighter. Remember we are the role models, and there isn’t any better time than today to make a positive impact.

These were just a few examples of how to get more cardio on your life. I hope that at least one of these might have given you a few inspiration or ideas the next time you are considering not going to the gym for cardio. Its not the easiest thing to stay motivated, but becoming creative helps. And as soon as you make it fun, you can do more with pleasure.