It never gets easier, you just get stronger.
There’s more to cardio than the body thinks. It improves sleep, brain function, heart health, healthy bones, promotes better moods, and more! But above all and the reason for this article, cardio is what burns the unwanted fat in our bodies when our heart rates are high and our exercises are intense. If you don’t know where to start, check out our top six cardio exercises that’ll help you burn more fat and up to 600 calories per hour!
1. Jump rope
The great thing about jumping rope is you can do it everywhere at anytime, all you need is the jump rope itself which is pretty inexpensive and could last years. Because jump rope works every muscle in the body, you could burn at least 1,000 calories per hour (depending on intervals and intensity).
If you row at a moderate pace on a row machine, you can burn up to 800 calories per hour! The great thing about rowing is that it trains your legs muscles in addition to working your upper body including your arms, shoulders, and back. Because the rowing motion works the entire body, your heart rate will soar which means you’ll burn a lot more calories.
Heavy ropes or “battle ropes” has become a popular cardio trend that people go to for cardio and strength training. Depending on your stance and movement, heavy ropes promotes a full body workout that shoots your heart rate straight up! Notice your upper, lower, and core muscles will work hard when whipping, slamming, or dragging heavy ropes at a high intensity.
Burn at least 400-600 calories within 30 minutes of kettlebell work. You could either work kettlebells into a HIIT circuit or simply on its own for a fat burning warm up. Because kettlebells works the entire body with a single weight, it delivers strength training and toning all while keeping the heart rate up.
Is leg day soon? Try the StairMaster. It works your leg muscles, specifically your glutes and thighs. If you’re looking to melt fat quick, consider increasing the intensity and get sweating! Keep your heart rate up with HIIT training or a low-intensity steady state (LISS). Look forward to burning as much as 500-600 calories depending on your time spent and intensity worked.
Sign up for a spin class or simply jump on a bicycle machine and burn more than 600 calories per hour! Crank up your speed and burn even more. Cycling is great because it works the leg muscles and core and always keeps your heart rate going as you put in more work. Plus, cycling is great because you can watch some TV in process.