When people think about getting some cardio routines done, rarely does the thought bring about feelings of anticipation or excitement, because usually what they immediately associate cardio with running…and running…and running. And that, over time, understandably, can seem really boring. But there are ways that you can spice up your cardio workouts. Here are five of them.
Do it with others
Nothing helps to pass workout time more than hanging out with a couple of friends. Whether it’s running on the treadmill, doing a bit of spinning or even joining a high-impact aerobics class, cardio will definitely seem more fun if you have a bit of company (and conversation) in your midst. Plus, the extra accountability can drive you to keep up with the pace of the person beside you.
Hold your own field day
Remember in elementary school how one day was devoted solely to doing outdoors events? A part of what made it so interesting was that there were all kinds of athletic things to do from relay and wheelbarrow races to obstacle courses and jumping rope. You may be an adult now, but why not approach your cardio workout from a similar place by switching up your routine? Maybe do 15 minutes on the treadmill, then 20 minutes power walking around the track and finishing it up with a 10-minute jumping jack session. If you need an extra bit of motivation, you can even purchase some medal ribbons at WalMart or Target to reward yourself for a job well-done.
Put on your pumps
Ever wondered how Beyoncé can do a full concert in 4-6″ heels? It comes with a lot of practice during rehearsals and sound checks. You may not ever earn a Grammy, but you can certainly get the calves of a superstar by working out in your high-heeled pumps. A Salsa dancing class would be your perfect setting. Scour through the net and find affordable Salsa or Merengue classes and enroll. Armed with your high heels, have fun dancing and sweating. That’s an excellent form of a non-boring cardio. For the ladies, it’s also a great way to feel sexy while working on getting svelte.
Work out with your pet
OK, more specifically with your dog, because fishes and cats might just not be nearly as fun or cooperative. If the treadmill reviews that you’ve been reading, are still not tempting enough to make you buy one, then get your cardio in by putting a leash on your dog and have it run alongside you whether in your neighborhood, at the beach, or a your local park. It’s a great way for you to get your heart pumping while giving your dog its daily cardio workout at the same time.
Change up your locations
If you find yourself in a bit of a rut, sometimes it’s not the exercises that you’re doing so much as the fact that you’re continually looking at the same scenery while you do it. If you normally workout at home, it’s getting warmer outside, so think about exercising in your backyard or driving out to your favorite hike trail. If you’re usually in a gym, maybe opt to get off of the elliptical machine and go roller skating or biking a couple of days out of the week. Chances are, if you have something else (or new) to look at, it can take your focus off of your workout and onto all of the beautiful scenery that’s around you. Besides, thinking about your different surroundings while getting that much needed sprint in is as good of a distraction as anything else. Before you know it, you’ll look up the workout will be over. Today, at least.