Walk, Bike, or Run: 3 Awesome Cardio Exercises

Cardio can be intimidating. We know that it is good for us. We know that we should do it. We know that it can help us lose weight, build endurance, and get us in some great shape. But, it’s still tough! If you are at a loss for cardio, check out these 3 great workouts that can give you a great cardio challenge and build your body into a healthy state.

Biking

The great part about riding a bike is that it can be a lot of fun. Remember riding a bike as a kid? It was something that you, most likely, couldn’t wait to get outside and do! As an adult, it might not be quite as much fun as a child, but it can definitely be enjoyable. If you enjoy the great outdoors, get a “real” bicycle and hit the trail. If you don’t care for the outdoors, hit up a stationary bike at your local gym. Riding a bike will especially work your leg muscles, your hips, and your knees. It can also work those lungs as you pedal. Biking is a great and fun way to get in some cardio both now and as you age.

Walking

The great part about walking is that it can be done at almost any age and fitness level. If you are a beginner, you can still walk. If you are an advanced fitness fanatic, give yourself challenges by walking uphill or for long distances or at a fast pace. If you’re young, old, or anywhere in between, you can most likely take part in this low impact activity. To keep it from getting boring, alternate from walking outdoors and at the gym. Find a local hiking trail and enjoy a new challenge. Walking will work every muscle in your body, and it will work your lung capacity. After partaking in this activity, you will gain endurance, strength, and muscle tone, so get up and get moving.

Running

This is a great activity for those that want a little bit more of a challenge. Running requires extensive work on all of the muscles in your body. The legs and core are especially worked as you pound the pavement. If you have ever ran before, even for a short distance, then you also know that it works the lungs especially hard. It is a great way to get in some cardio exercise. Similar to walking, you can change this up by changing the scenery. You can also challenge yourself with new programs, distances, speeds, and keep yourself motivated with fun runs and similar races.

If you need to add some cardio, but don’t know where to begin, check out these 3 classic exercises. They have been around for a long time, and that is because they really work! Add some cardio by enjoying any or all of these exercises, and get your body in some of the best shape of your life.

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