Cardio is perfect for keeping your heart healthy, your brain happy, and your body lean. But there is so much more to it than stepping on a treadmill for a 30-minute stroll. Instead, boost your results and beat boredom by combining interval training and steady-state cardio.
If you're anything like me, then you probably have some days where you want to work out, but you just don't really feel like going to the gym for your usual cardio routine. And while you're not necessarily looking to take a rest day, you may be looking for an easier at-home solution that will still give you a great push but without the need for locker rooms, cardio equipment, and, you know, car keys.
Staying active during the cold winter months can not only help avoid winter weight gain, but it can also help improve your mood and decrease your chance for seasonal depression disorder (which more than 3 million individuals suffer from each year). It also allows you the chance to get off the couch and get some fresh air and sunlight!
Athletes who are trying to build endurance and stamina often look to running to achieve their goal. The problem is that running can be extremely hard on the knees and ankles. This is partly due to the amount of weight placed on the legs during the run. Another factor is the surface the person is running on. If it is uneven or too hard, the impact on the knees, ankles and feet can be huge. Uneven terrain can lead to sprained ankles and damage to the tendons and ligaments in the knee as the person's body weight is thrown off balance. More and more athletes are looking to swimming sets as viable alternative cardio workouts to running simply because it takes the stress and strain off of the joints in the legs.