Cardio Counts – Alternatives to Traditional Exercises

By November 21, 2015 Fitness No Comments

Running isn’t for everyone. Neither is the elliptical machine or a stationary bike. Come to think of it, most people don’t even like the stairmaster either, or even the row machine. The point is, for most people, cardiovascular exercises, aren’t the most exciting part of their workout plans.

But it is important.

It’s also important to note that cardio isn’t limited to traditional activities such as running. There are many other exercises that will help burn the fat, tone the body and even provide a kind of therapeutic session for the mind.

As the cold, rainy and potentially snowy weather slowly seeps in, here are some alternatives that will surely add some flavours to your regular cardio exercise.

Boxing
Boxing training includes intensive work with bags, jump ropes, weights and of course, a healthy dose of punching, bobbing and weaving. It requires constant movement and the general nature of a boxing training session very much follows the rhythms of High Intensity Interval Training. Despite its inherently competitive nature, punching heavy bags and pads can be a fantastic outlet for stress. Learning about the technicalities of how to punch properly and react to strikes also includes the added benefit of improved self-defence. Most importantly, boxing teaches philosophies of discipline. It’s a workout for the body, and the mind.

Team Sports
Don’t let the inevitable competitive nature of sports push you away from participating in them – playing sports doesn’t only provide you an exciting cardiovascular exercise, it also benefits the body and mind in many other facets. Team sports help improve mood and cooperation (particularly when you’re winning!) it boosts self-confidence, and also creates a great space for bonding. At Dyerfitness, we organize a competitive yet fun health retreat once every two years, the next one will be held in August 2016! Contact us here for questions and/or to sign up.

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The Great Outdoors
Though the arrival of winter can be an enticing reason to stay at home and binge watch the newest Netflix series, it’s also a reason to take advantage of the natural landscape of British Columbia. St. Mark’s Summit and Big Cedar and Kennedy Falls are some of the popular trail hikes in the lower mainland. The ever-popular mountains of Whistler and Grouse most-often provide a terrific ski and snowboarding experience. While Revelstoke and Fernie offer some of the best trails for mountain biking. This is where the province shines! Go outside and enjoy the cold! Need a hiking buddy? You know where to find us.

At the end of the day, what matters the most is that you enjoy your cardio, whether it’s running on a treadmill, climbing the stairmaster, boxing, or biking a trail. The benefits of cardio also aren’t limited to weight management and body definition. It’s great for the heart, metabolism, and it’s a fantastic stress reliever.

 

References:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/405122-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-boxing/

http://www.wellnesswithpenny.com/2011/08/top-7-benefits-of-boxing.html

http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/the-surprising-health-benefits-of-8-recreational-sports

http://www.healthline.com/health/mental-benefits-sports#2

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/sclark85.htm