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The Skinny on Exercise

by Exercise Write, Fitness Reporter

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When you think of "cardio" do you think of spending endless hours of your life running on a treadmill? While running is a terrific cardiovascular activity, it's not the only option for cardio. And the fact of the matter is that some people just don't enjoy running!

... And that's OK! There are lots of ways to raise your heart rate, burn calories, and get in that cardiovascular exercise that will help to keep your heart strong and healthy. Here are some other ways to get in your cardio workouts when running isn't appealing to you:

Need some convincing about why dance could be your new favorite form of cardio? Check out these blogs:

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  • Kickboxing
    If you’ve ever tried a kickboxing workout you know how effective it can be at burning body fat and revving up your metabolism. Try this self-defense kick-boxing video featuring Stephen Cabral.

    Indoor Cycling
    Have you ever been interested in an indoor cycling class at your gym or fitness center, but not sure if it's the right format for you? Find out more about indoor cycling here!

    Even more non-running cardio:

    6-Minute Track Drill: This quick track circuit will get your heart-rate up in a short amount of time, to help increase your fat-burning potential for the day! Do each of these 3 exercises for 30 seconds, and repeat the entire series 4 times through.
    6 Minute Track Drill from Diet.com

    Killer Total Body HIIT Workout: One of our most challenging HIIT workouts yet! Crank through these exercises - 10 reps of each for 5 rounds. You can do this at home with no equipment, and your whole body is going to be feeling it!
    Killer Total Body HIIT Workout from Diet.com

    Punching Bag Cardio Workout: Switch up your cardio routine by incorporating some boxing moves! Working out with a punching bag will quickly get your heart rate up and help you burn a ton of calories.
    Punching Bag Cardio Workout from Diet.com

    Pilates Strength Cardio Sequence: Try this Pilates Strength Cardio Sequence with Hanneke and Sarah.
    Pilates Strength Cardio Sequence from Diet.com

    Note: You can view any of these videos on our YouTube channel, diethealth, where we upload new videos weekly. Subscribe today!

    So what's YOUR favorite form of cardio? Is it running, swimming, biking, dancing, boxing...? Share with us in the comments below!

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