The New Year has begun and the cardio freaks are out. Over the last two weeks, I’ve seen the treadmills, ellipticals and bikes busier than at any other point over the last three months or so. With weight loss being the a goal of a number of people, they figure it’s time to get moving and it’s time to hop on the treadmill, elliptical or bike. Those are the only answers for most people when it comes to cardiovascular work. They just assume this is the only way to go. But there are other options and none of them involve a piece of equipment that would bore a hamster. Besides taking away the boredom, these other alternatives are much more productive. They are going to create a bigger boost to your metabolism. They have a better chance of eliciting the hormonal responses that are responsible for fat loss. You’re going to be able to spend much less time working while getting the same amount of productivity or even more. You could also do them anywhere…home, gym, workplace, wherever. Plus, you’re going to save yourself $75/month if you are just going to the gym because you do not have a piece of cardio equipment at home.
So what are these alternatives? You and your bodyweight. Just work some body weight exercises into a timed format. For example you could do 30seconds of jumping jacks, followed by 30 seconds of mountain climbers, followed, by 30 seconds of squats, followed by 30 seconds of burpees. Rest for 2 minutes and repeat another 3-4 times. Doesn’t sound like cardio? Well when your heart is jumping through your chest and you’re gasping for air, you’ll realize it’s cardio.
Or here’s another one. 20 seconds of burpees, 10 second rest, 20 seconds of pushups, 10 seconds rest. Repeat that four times, rest for two minutes and then repeat the sequence again.
And there are many other alternatives. If you have a pair of dumbbells lying around, you could come up with complex of exercises for time or reps with a set rest period in between each complex. Or do the same thing with a medicine ball.
More fun, less boredom, less time, the same amount of results or even more. Sounds like a much better alternative to me.