My Favourite Cardio Exercises

Hey Everyone,

In my Struggle Is Real post I stated that I wanted to lose weight and start enjoying working out again, so today I thought I’d share some of my favourite workouts that help shift the pounds, and are actually pretty enjoyable!  I aim to work out 4 days a week, aiming for 2 days weight training, where I burn around 400-500 calories an hour and then 2 days cardio, where I burn 600-800 calories an hour! When it comes to cardio just remember the important thing is to get your heart rate up!

Walks

When I’m not feeling in the mood for an intense workout but I still want to do something I will go for a walk, I’ve figured out how far 5k is from my house so I will try to walk this or as much of it as I feel! Honestly, sometimes a nice walk can be all you need to help clear your mind and it can be so good for you as well! So many positives from one small task!  Just make sure you are walking at a speed close to 5km/hr or enough to make your heartbeat rise to ensure you are getting a good cardio workout!

When I get the chance I like to go on longer walks/hikes. In Northern Ireland, there are so many forests, beaches and great places to walk! Sadly, it can be hard to get a good day for a walk so I like to make sure I bring my Zippo 12hr Hand Warmer* to keep me toasty and nice and warm on my lovely hike! Again make sure you get your heart rate up to ensure you get a good calorie burn!

If you’re not able to go outside, either due to weather or maybe where you live just isn’t close to any nice walking areas – or maybe you just prefer to use a treadmill. Then I love getting in a good incline walk, I aim for around 5k, with a speed of 6km/hr and an incline of around 3.5 (this will vary from machine to machine) but basically just a decent incline and speed to raise your heart rate and it will also really work your butt muscles!

Spin

This is probably my favourite class in the gym, I aim to go at least once a week as it’s a really good calorie burner and also one that I enjoy doing! If you can’t get to a spin class or you don’t have a gym membership then I’d recommend trying to get out on a proper bike and go for a good cycle when you can!

Circuits/HIIT

Whether it’s a circuit class or just a self-made circuit up at the gym, I do find it quite fun to try and get this work out in once a week as well! There are a variety of exercises I try to include in my circuits, such as;

  • Burpees
  • Squats
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Plank
  • Sit Ups
  • Lunges
  • Dumbell Swing
  • Star Jumps
  • Sprints
  • Push Ups

I aim to pick a variety of exercises, both high intensity (burpees) and lower intensity (squats) so I don’t either burn my self out in 5 minutes or don’t work myself as hard as I know I can! I like to do each exercise for 50 seconds with 10 seconds rest in between and about 6 rounds before taking a longer break! I will usually create two circuits and then switch them up for rounds or do one round of circuits and then 10 minutes running on the treadmill! I aim to keep things different so I don’t get bored!

I hope these have given you a little inspiration and maybe even some motivation too! I know I am not fitness expert but I really enjoy sparing my health journey with you all and I hope you enjoy it too!

Love,

Charlotte xx

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