Cardio is one of the best types of workouts for your overall well-being! Short for “cardiovascular”, cardio workouts include any exercise that increases your heart rate. Cardio exercises are simple, easy, and highly beneficial for staying fit and healthy! For instance, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), it is recommended that adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate cardio exercise per week to maintain a healthy lifestyle (medicalnewstoday.com). Not only will it help with physical well-being, but cardio exercises can also have positive effects on one’s overall mental well-being. A 2015 study found that people who regularly exercise had an increase in mental health stability and in overall, less stress (medicalnewstoday.com). Here are a few easy, but extremely effective, cardio exercises to check out! You can even use this list as your workout routine!
This is a common and extremely simple exercise that is a good way to increase heart rate and build stronger lungs and leg muscles! Not only does it build leg muscles, but the arm motions can help tone your shoulders and arms.
Another highly effective exercise to get your heart rate up, high knees will also help build endurance and leg and core muscles. Make sure you raise your knees all the way up to your hips and your hands stay above the waist to help guide you!
Starting off in a plank position, one-by-one extend your arms so that you are in a push-up position, then one-by-one return to the plank position. This 3-in-1 exercise is designed to get your heart rate up while also building core and arm muscles! If anything, it will definitely work up a sweat!
Depending on how rigorous you would like your training, many choose to repeat these exercises in 3 sets of a certain number of reps. The rigor of your exercise is in your hands, meaning you can do as many or as few reps as you feel is needed. Have a good workout and remember to stay hydrated!
– This blog post is a subjective review of workouts. Written by Courtney Yoon.