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5 Great Cardio Exercises That Don’t Need The Gym

If the cost of a gym membership is too expensive and stopping you from getting fit and into shape there are effective cardio exercises that you can do that don’t need the gym. Cardiovascular exercise is regarded one of the most important components in any fitness program because it helps to improve energy, enhance muscle tone and aid better sleep.

1. Cycling.

cyclingCycling is a great cardio exercise and it’s an excellent way of getting out and about. You can usually buy a second-hand bike at a good price. Start by scheduling a specific time of the day to go cycling or combine the exercise into your daily routine like riding to and from work. When you cycle regularly, it will help you burn calories, improve leg strength and tone your leg muscles.

2. Jump Rope.

jump ropeA jump rope, or skipping rope, is a great way to exercise at home. This workout focuses on a broad range of muscles in both your upper and lower body. Using a jump rope for at least half an hour each day will strengthen and tone the muscles in your shoulders, core, arms, chest, thighs, back and legs. Also, it will develop your cardiovascular health, burn loads of calories and improve your coordination.

3. Walking.

walkingWalking is a safe way to exercise and is even more enjoyable when you go with a friend. Whilst chatting to your friend as you walk, walking strengthens your leg muscles, lowers your blood pressure, helps with weight reduction and improves heart fitness. The best way to perform this cardio exercise is to walk daily at moderate intensity for 30 minutes or more.

4. Running And Jogging

running and joggingRunning and jogging are high-impact cardio exercises that you can do away from the gym. When done daily for about 30 to 60 minutes running helps maintain a healthy weight as it burns a lot of calories. It also improves heart health, adds years to your life, improves brain health, elevates your mood and strengthens your bones, joints and muscles.

5. Swimming.

swimmingMost people enjoy a dip in the pool, so why not turn that dip into some laps as a form of exercise? The great thing about swimming is that everybody can do it and enjoy it. It’s suitable for every age group and fitness level. Swimming works your whole body but mostly targets your back, shoulder and arm muscles. Swimming also improves your flexibility, builds endurance, keeps your heart rate up and helps you maintain a healthy weight.

 

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