We all know we should be doing cardio every week, but nowadays there are so many options that we tend to get stuck doing the same thing over and over. And when you do the same thing over and over, it can get boring and when things get boring, people quit. Instead of jumping back on the treadmill or stair stepper this week, why not try out one of these workouts. They will get your heart rate up and give you a break from the same routine you have been doing for months.
Tabata Training: Tabata is a challenging method of high intensity interval training. It was discovered by Dr. Izumi Tabata at Tokyo’s National Institute of Fitness and Sports. Tabata consists of eight thirty second rounds; twenty seconds of pushing yourself as hard as possible followed by ten seconds of rest. Tabata can be done just about anywhere. Just remember to grab lower weights than you usually use if you’re doing weighted exercises, because with this workout you’ll fatigue very quickly. Click here to check out 5 tabata moves that will get you started.
Fighter Conditioning Class: These conditioning classes are usually broken up into rounds of three minutes, like a boxing match, so you’re constantly changing exercises. Rounds typically consist of hitting the heavy bag, sprints, and body weight exercises, guaranteeing you’ll work your butt off. You’ll find it hard to get bored in one of these classes!
The 55 Workout: The 55 Workout is another workout that can be done pretty much anywhere. Choose two functional exercises, like push-ups and squats. Perform one rep of the first exercise, ten reps of the second, then rest for thirty seconds. Next do two reps of the first exercise, nine reps of the second, rest for thirty second. Keep this pattern up until you get to ten reps of the first exercise, one of the second. Once done, you will have completed 55 reps of each exercise.
Sprints: Take it outside with an old school track workout. Try sprinting as fast as you possibly can for 100 meters and recovering with a 200 to 300 meter jog. Repeat ten times.
Swimming: A lot of cardio workout can be jarring on your body, especially on the knees. If you’re looking for a workout that’s lower impact and gentle on your joints, head to the pool. Try swimming a few laps alternating between different strokes and a kick-board. Click here for some other great exercises to try out in the pool.
Spinning: Spin classes are a Skinny Mom favorite, and with good reason! Spinning typically burns between 400 and 600 calories, defines your legs, and gives you a real sense of camaraderie with your fellow riders. Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never taken a spin class before. You’re in charge of the resistance on your bike and you can always make it a little easier.