5 Different Cardio Workout Exercises to stay Healthy

One of the excuses I hear people give when it comes to exercising is that they don’t have enough time.

Valid reason I agree, but only to some extent.

I always believe that if something is important to you, you will definitely find the time for it. You may then think that exercising is not important to you but I think that your family and health is right?

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Workout exercises may not be important but they help in these reasons that I believe are important to the majority of people:

  • it’s important not to burden your family members who have to take care of you if you grow sick 
  • it’s important to grow old gracefully and watch your children and loved ones grow up
  • it’s important to always be healthy to enjoy travelling, sports and other hobbies that you love
  • it’s important to take care of your body so that you don’t have to spend money trying to heal yourself
  • it’s important because prevention is better than cure

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So, if you think you can spare some time for these workout exercises then read on:

1. Running

My all time favorite. It has taken a backseat though because of an injury but nevertheless, I endeavour to continue being healthy by pursuing other activities.

Benefits of running: it relieves stress, promotes weight loss among others:

It is the second most effective exercise in terms of calories burned per minute, following only after cross country skiing.

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Read the full benefits here from Active.

 

2. Swimming

Not really a big fan but am trying to improve my strokes and slowly, I am starting to see why people love it. As a low impact sport, it is perfect for those nursing injuries (aka me) but still need to feel like they have a good cardio workout.

One of the benefits of swimming is that it builds up your strength.

Swimming recruits all the major muscle groups, including the shoulders, back, abdominals, legs, hips, and glutes. In addition, because water affords 12 times the resistance as air in every direction, it really helps to build strength

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photo from :http://www.phlmetropolis.com

Read the full benefits here. I also like how it is so age friendly as well. Everyone from the young to the elderly can swim 🙂

 

3. Cross trainer

For gym rats, this is something more appealing than running on the treadmill imo. Somehow the thought of exercising on the cross trainer/elliptical machine seems easier. Don’t dismiss it however.

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Benefits of cross trainer: it gives you a full body workout, is less stressful on the hips, knees and back,

Most elliptical machines can be pedaled in reverse, which allows you to work your calf and hamstring muscles a bit more than does forward motion.

Read full benefits here and here

 

4. Skipping

I personally like this a lot since young. All you need is a skipping rope and a good pair of shoes although I used to skip barefoot last time. I am guessing it is a lot like barefoot running ( as it strengthens the muscles and ligaments around the ankles — good for protecting against ankle sprains.)

Benefits : It’s cheap and convenient plus it burns a lot of calories in a short period of time

Jumping rope burns an average of ten calories per minute. You can burn more calories in 20 minutes of jumping rope than you can in 30 minutes of jogging, so it’s also a great fitness routine for those who are short on time.

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Read the full benefits here

 

5. Cycling 

Another popular way of keeping fit is cycling. I like seeing cyclists on the weekend on the road riding in uniform although I fear for them sometimes because of traffic. You might take precautions but the other party might not right? That said, I think its an awesome feeling to just be able to cover great distances all on two wheels.

Plus, you can either ride indoors or outdoors depending on your preference.

One of the benefits of cycling is that you build up your immune system which is a good thing.

Moderate exercise stimulates the production of immune cells which circulate through the body and kill bacteria and viruses, giving your immune system a boost.

benefits of cycling

image from :http://lovecycling.net/ (love that site)

I am sure there are still lots of other cardio and workout exercises that one can do. I love rock climbing, mountain trekking and bodypump class to name a few. Others might like Zumba, Bodybuilding or Tai Chi as their choice to keep fit. The whole point is to set aside some time to invest in your health. After all, you work so hard to have a good life, am sure you would like to enjoy it in the pink of health right…

What’s your favourite way to keep fit?


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