Cardio.. WOOOOOF. The most dreaded form of exercise (for me at least). I’d prefer to a quick HIIT exercise over 45 minutes on the eliptical.. Snoooooze fest. Running on a treadmill may be even worse. For those of you like me that need some type of stimulus to keep us intrigued or motivated enough to work up a sweat here are 3 “underrated” forms of cardio. AKA if you hate the cardio machines like I do, try these instead!
Underrated Forms of Cardio #1
Rowing is my first choice when it comes to cardio. Spike the heart rate up by doing “sprints” (these are short duration all out intensity for say 30 seconds to a minute at a time). Repeat 10 times. Or, you can do a slow and steady 20 minute row for a more enjoyable, less painful workout. Rowing is a full fledged total body workout. You utilize your arms, legs and back all at the same time. Row, row, row your boat..
Underrated Forms of Cardio #2
The assault bike or fan bike is a great alternative to the traditional recumbent or stationary bike. This lovely piece of equipment isn’t exactly fun but let me tell you, it is effective. Again, similar to the rower, you can opt to do sprint intervals (:40 seconds on/ :20 seconds off) for a certain amount of sets or set the timer for 20 minutes at a sustainable pace.
Underrated Forms of Cardio #3
Swimming. Swim. Swim. Swim. Michael Phelps is one of the fittest athletes in the world, and he’s a swimmer! Contrary to popular belief, swimming is a fantastic cardio workout. Don’t believe me? Give it a try!
Article written by GUADS staff member, Chelsea