So if you’ve been following my posts on here or over on my Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve stopped running as much as before recently. But that’s not the only way you can do cardio. Want to find out how to incorporate cardio into your routine without spending an hour at a time pounding on a treadmill? Read on…!
There are a number of reasons why you should incorporate cardio into your weekly fitness regime / life in general – from aesthetic goals such as weight loss, to overall health reasons such as improved cardiovascular efficiency.
How to do cardio without running?
- HIIT gym workouts: it look me a while to understand that high intensity interval training workouts were still working your cardiovascular system (and therefore ‘cardio workouts’)! So sign up to one of those body pump classes at your local gym and get that heart rate going!
- Tabata at home workouts: 8 intervals > 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off > 4 minutes of work. This can be used with any type of exercise, doing as many reps as you can and working hard for only 4 minutes. Put your music on and do it anytime, anywhere! No excuses…
- Spin: take yourself to a spin class for a really intense cardio workout – you’ll walk out with jelly legs and lungs on fire… and you’ll even want to go back (trust me)! The spin classes at the boutique studios in London are by far my favourite – turn the lights down low and just ride to the music. The key to this one is the instructor – you need someone high energy who really pushes you!
- Row: the key with this one is technique – you can be pulling as fast as you want but that doesn’t mean you’re doing it right. Take the time to get your form right and you’ll go further (therefore rowing faster) with fewer strokes. If you’re not sure then just ask a PT at your gym to check if you’re doing it right. Then get ready to feel the burn… try alternating 500m as fast as you can with 100m rows on the minute for 5 minutes.
For me, it’s music. When I’m stuck exercising indoors, I need something I can train to! These headphones by Sudio are incredible – you can charge them up and use them wireless or plug them in and use them normally. The sound quality is incredible, they can deal with me being super sweaty and they really help you zone out! I have super small ears so finding earphones that fit me is difficult, that’s why these headphones are great – they sit on the ear so comfortably and I never worry they’re going to fly off!
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