10 Best cardio workouts for those who hate running

By:Himanshu Sharma, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Apr 27, 2015

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Don’t dejectedly presume that you are out of options for cardio if you don’t like running or cannot partake in it. There are others ways to get a cardio kick and they do not include running.
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    Swimming is known to build endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness. The activity is excellent for lean muscle mass and overall fitness. Besides taking stress off your body, swimming helps maintain a healthy weight, heart and lungs.

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    High-intensity interval training (HIIT) can give you a quick dose of a great cardio workout. You may choose high-intensity exercises you like and make a training schedule accordingly with the help of a trainer.

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    Circuit Training

    Similar to HIIT, circuit training encompasses a series of exercises. The exercises are performed in a quick sequence with little to no rest in between. Circuit training workout usually has three to five sets.

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    Jump Rope

    If you’re somewhat proficient on a rope, jump rope can be an excellent cardio workout for you. Jumping rope burns more calories per minute than most other exercises. Do as many fast pace jumps as you can in a 10-15 minute time frame.

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    Cycling is a great cardio workout with a plethora of health benefits to offer. Getting in the saddle is not only an opportunity to get outside, but it also builds strength, relieves stress and gives the best total-body workout.

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    A good fun way to get cardio is by doing high intensity dance. Turn up the volume of your music console, think you’re on the floor and enjoy the session.

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    Hiking can be more than a hobby because it has cardiovascular benefits. The next time you want to do cardio training differently, physically challenge yourself by setting on a trail with a sizeable incline.

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    Team Sports

    You can reap cardiovascular benefits on a sports field too! Be a part of team or organized sports. Consider joining a local league or local sports team for a regular dose of cardio.

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    Kickboxing is a high-intensity fusion of martial arts and cardio. You may also take up the activity for total body workout, toning flab and strengthening muscles. Moreover, this will give you an opportunity to learn a few key self-defence moves.

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    Rock Climbing

    Rock climbing is a total-body workout activity. You may not realise so, but it engages all the muscles without really making you give it much thought.


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