Cardiovascular health is about exercising the heart. The famous cardiovascular health exercise is running. However, running isn’t the only cardiovascular exercise. Whether you crave an alternative to running or you can’t run due to health problems, these suggestions will burn calories and accelerate heart rate too.
The favored alternative to running is the elliptical trainer. Visit the gym and find the elliptical machine. This machine works legs and arms, mimicking walking or running movements without leaving the area. While going fast will get the heart rate up, it’s best to start slow and slowly accelerate to faster speeds. This also ensures that you don’t burn out quickly.
Riding a bicycle exercises the whole body while taking you around town. Along with increasing heart rate, biking is less stressful, easy on the joints, and tone hips/thighs. A stationary bike at the gym or joining a spin class is alternate routes. A motorcycle doesn’t count as a ‘bike’ that ‘accelerates heart rate’ because the motor does the work, not your body.
Stair climbing is tiresome, yet it is an alternative routine to cardio health. Running up and down the stairs is a feat, but running isn’t necessary to build cardio. Walking up and down the stairs is equally impressive in getting the heart pumping. It also creates healthy joints and muscle, good bone density, burns calories, increases aerobic movement, and boosts HDL.
Jumping jacks were mandatory for children and teenagers. As adults, we neglect it. Give jumping jacks another glance. There’s a reason physical education teachers force jumping jacks on children, and that’s because it gets the heart rate up prior to a full exercise. Jumping jacks speed up metabolism, blood circulation, and blood flow as well.
Sticking with the childhood theme, jump rope is another heart-accelerating exercise. Purchase jump rope at the store and relive the jumping rope routine. Ten minutes of jump rope burns as many calories as running eight miles. Doing tricks like arm crosses and double Dutch remove the ‘core’ part of the cardiovascular exercise and replace it with ‘fun.’
A third childhood moment is learning how to swim. Swimmers can hop in a pool, swim around, and rev up the heart rate. Along with increased heart rate, swimming builds strength, endurance, strong lungs, muscle tone, and heart health.
The six ideas don’t require running, yet they can really get your heart rate up. Always remember that when it comes to working out and improving your heart rate you are never alone. Personal trainers, such as those at places like RogueFit Club, can help you find the best possible alternative exercises for you. They can even help you find simple exercises to help get your heart rate up at home
“Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.”
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