If your New Year’s Resolution for 2014 was to get in shape, there is a chance that March is when you start to lose a bit of steam. It might be that you made big promises, but suddenly don’t have the time. It might be that you pushed too hard in the beginning, leaving yourself tired, or even worse, injured. Hopefully you still have a little bit of push left, so here are some of the best cardio workouts for 2014. Get started today!
1) Fitness Blender – This remains my favorite website for a great selection of free workout videos that offer enough variety to keep things interesting. If you are getting bored in 2014, check out the Body Cardio Calorie Blaster. Each workout tells you how many calories you can expect to burn as well.
2) Rebounders – If you prefer a gym class, but looking for something outside the box, see if your local gym offers a rebounder class. Rebounder is a fancy way of saying trampoline, and in this class you will bounce your way fit without causing your knees any problems. I find my rebounder class fun and energy inducing, a great way to get in an invigorating workout!
3) Aqua cycle – Imagine Soulcycle in a swimming pool. Sound insane? Actually it can be really good for your body to workout in a pool, even if it is extremely challenging. Expect to be significantly slower. If they don’t offer a class near you, you can always look for water aerobics, a great way to boost your cardio workout while keeping your joints comfy.
4) Competitive classes – Imagine if your smart armband could show the class how well you were doing. Well, that time has come. Competitive fitness classes showcase your heart rate and workout stats to the trainer and in some cases the entire group. Not pushing hard enough? Everyone will know! This is a great tool if you find competition to be a great motivator, but might not be for those who like to hide in the back of the room.
5) SurfSet – While it may not seem like the toughest cardio workout, this indoor surf class, that has you simulate surfing, is ideal for the same reason vibration training can be helpful. It helps to build muscle tone and strengthen your core, while helping you build your stamina. You may not get your toughest cardio workout from this, but if you run or bike long distances, this can help you to go further.