Hey, cardio fans out there that hate the treadmill...we totally hear you. While hardcore cardio exercises are notorious for giving us a feel-good endorphin rush, getting on a treadmill to get a brisk walk or jog in may seem like a totally miserable form of exercise. But, this doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of other ways to get your cardio fix in.
We’re sharing our top five favorite ways to get a cardio sweat sesh in that doesn’t involve stepping foot on a “dreadmill.”
5 Ways to Get Your Cardio Fix That Doesn’t Involve a Treadmill
#1 Hit a Spin Class:
Spin classes are a super popular way of getting a sweat drenching workout in. They are perfect for anyone who really likes to get their heart racing, the calories burning, and the sweat dripping. Most gyms offer spin classes, and there are tons of private studios that also offer spin classes for a fixed monthly price. Plus, for the super dedicated “cardioaholics,” most gyms offer classes at the crack of dawn so you can get your cardio fix in before your day even starts.
#2 Try HIIT:
If you’re short on time, but you need to squeeze in a cardio workout, then try a HIIT class, or download an app on your phone that offers high-intensity interval training. You can get your cardio fix in just 20 minutes or less and burn some serious calories.
#3 Get Out For a Walk With the Dog:
Looking for a workout while also getting some much-needed time outside? Why not take your dog for a brisk walk? Don’t have a dog? Call a friend or grab your sister to go walking with you. This is the ideal workout choice for anyone who likes walking or running but just doesn’t want to use the dreaded treadmill.
#4 Try Dance Fitness:
Need something new and exciting in your life? Try dance fitness. Look for some apps that offer dance fitness classes you can do right from the comfort of your own home, or join in on the fun at a local class. You will burn calories, tone, and feel great all while having fun.
#5 Rowing Machine:
If you go to a gym and have access to a rowing machine, doing 10-15 minutes or hardcore rowing is sure to work up a sweat. It can also work as a total body workout, so you are getting your cardio in all while working other muscles in your body as well. Win, win.
The Bottom Line
Cardio isn’t all or nothing-you don’t have to get on the treadmill if it’s something you can’t stand. In fact, if any part of your workout routine doesn’t bring some sort of joy, chances are, you aren’t going to stick with it. So, nix the treadmill from your routine, and do something else. Pick something you know will work up a sweat, challenge you, and make you want to come back for more. This my friend, is the key to consistency, and the key to actually seeing and feeling results from all that time you put into your fitness routine.