Let’s face it, everyone could probably stand to get in more cardio workouts these days. Even if you have a gym membership you may struggle to actually get there and stay there long enough to make a difference. Very often working out at a gym becomes very boring very quickly, and certainly there is the added problem of crowds and classes that just don’t fit your schedule. And this doesn’t even factor in the cost of a gym membership!
While going to a gym and working out at a health club can be very beneficial and can offer you the cardio activities you need, there are somewhat sneaky ways of adding in additional time being active without even really trying. Let’s take a look at what this might mean for you. For one thing, remember that cardio doesn’t necessarily mean just using exercise equipment. Getting yourself up and active and increasing your heart rate and respiratory rate can be done in many different ways.
Have you considered joining a team sport that would keep you active? This can be baseball, basketball, Soccer, hockey, or even bowling. In your local area there are probably many such sports that are organized through your community center or high school. You can get a great cardio when you’re active in such a sport and being part of it also means not neglecting your regular activity, since you need to show up for practice and for play on a regular basis! You can also check with your employer to see if there is a sport they sponsor, and you can get in a good cardio workout that way.
Another way to sneak in some cardio is to find active choices for your hobbies. When was the last time you went out dancing with friends or your partner? When you spend time with your kids, are you all active or do you play video games and watch movies? Being active with the family or with friends can mean increasing your cardio workouts. Get everyone to the park to toss a ball around or play Frisbee. Take the kids out to play tennis or basketball. Buy a badminton net and set it up in the backyard. Think of a trampoline as an investment in everyone’s good health since this can mean increased cardio activity for the kids as well as the adults.