When it comes to fitness routines, there are two types of people: and those who absolutely hate running
There are many reasons to include some form of cardiovascular in your training – but you burn calories and fat while improving your aerobic health – so if you are one of the latter, you need to find a way to get up and to move without taking long, even runs.
Coach Charlee Atkins, CSCS, has no cardio routine to claim your VO2 Max at home. "You can definitely get cardio with minimal gear in any case "Those who get creative with sweat break the monotony of the bike or the treadmill."
To do the cardio exercise without running, you need a set of dumbbells and some room to move around.Take a look at this adjustable Bowflex option if you do not have a pair at home yet.
One of the biggest complaints of running hassles is that jogging is boring. This quick routine is anything but, as you are essentially creating your personal obstacle course. Even better: you do not have to remember to count repetitions. "These cardio workouts are perfect for the days you do not want to count," says Atkins. "Set this one timer to 30 seconds and finish each exercise."
- Lateral Quick Feet (Dumbbells on the Ground)
- Squat Jacks (Dumbbells on the Ground)
- Setback and Backward
- Squat and Curl to Press
Perform each exercise as often as possible during the 30 seconds. After completing the lap, rest for 30 seconds before going through the series 3 or 4 times.
Want to learn more moves from Atkins? Take a look at our series with their training tips: Try Her Move.
Brett Williams is Associate Fitness Editor at Men's Health.