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First of all, cardio sucks and we all know it. Unfortunately, it’s a necessary evil. So I picked the three best cardio workouts that not only helped me to lose thirty pounds of fat, but I also didn’t hate. (Read here how I lost 30 pounds).
Who has watched Parks and Rec? It is my favorite TV show ever. One of the most memorable lines is given by Ann Perkins. She told Chris, “Jogging is the worst, Chris. I mean, I know it keeps you healthy, but God. At what cost?” Suffice it to say, I hate running, I tried multiple times and it would always end in me giving up. Sprints, however, I can do sprints. Sprinting is running a short distance really fast. When I started out I would sprint as far as I could and then speed walk twice that distance and I would repeat that eight times. Sprint really fast eight times? Easy. Well, it wasn’t that easy but way easier than just running forever. As the exercise got easier, I would add more sprints as well as run farther.
Swimming is not only cardio but a great way to build strength and endurance. Not only does it work out your entire body, but it’s also really fun! The hardest part is putting on a swim suit, ignoring feeling self conscious, and walking out to the pool. If you don’t know how to swim or don’t like to, you can still work out in the pool. There are lots of pool workouts where you’ll still get your cardio in while also getting the added benefit of protecting your joints. I started out with swimming ten laps and have been building up from there. That doesn’t sound like much, but swimming will tire you out faster than you imagine. Make sure to drink water and take breaks.
The stair master is my go to, especially if I want to warm up or I don’t have a lot of time. It increases your heart rate quickly and works out the core and legs. Start out at a pace you can handle and just go for five minutes. I like to start at a pace I am comfortable with and slowly increase my time to twenty minutes. Then I move on to a faster pace and start building up the time again. I especially love to use the stair master before weight training and end with sprinting. It doesn’t tire me out as fast or as much as running does.
There you have it! Three types of cardio to melt off the fat. Tell me what your favorite cardio is in the comments!