Find Fun Cardio to Burn Off Your Beer Belly
If you’re trying to exercise and burn fat, it can get very boring – very quickly – especially if you’re just staring at a wall walking on a treadmill. Luckily, there are many fun alternatives to basic walking and running that can make cardio enjoyable.
First, depending on where you live, you can go on a hike. Most places in the U.S. are a short to medium drive away from a nature trail. This is a much better alternative to walking on a treadmill, because you can actually see different things.
This experience is also nice and quiet, and should be relaxing. There are also different difficulties of trails you can go on. There are very easy ones that are just a flat walk through a field and maybe some woods.
There are also ones that are hard, which may involve some steep angles and light rock climbing, or even actual mountain climbing. This makes it a great thing to get involved in because you’ll never really get bored of it.
You could also choose some kind of transportation. Rollerblading and biking can be great ways to get in shape while also getting around. Rollerblades are a relatively inexpensive means of transportation, generally going for just under $100.
This is a pretty good price, especially when compared to something like a bike, which usually goes for $200-$300 minimum. If you can find a skating rink near you, you can practice with them, and these rinks usually have open (all skate) nights.
You can also try water sports. If you live near a lake, river, or the ocean, you can get into kayaking, canoeing, and even surfing. Kayaks generally cost about as much as a bike, and then you have to get a paddle, which is about $20.
It may also be wise to pay about $25 for a life vest, in the event that your kayak flips, which may happen if you’re new or off balance. Canoes are very similar, but generally much more expensive.
If you’re just looking to get into paddling, it’s wise to start with just a kayak out on a lake. Eventually you can move up to more dangerous waters, such as rivers and the ocean. Surfing and diving are also good options.
Surfing can only really be done at the ocean, so if you live near a coast, this is a good option. Surfing helps build abdominal strength, and can be pretty tiring. Diving can be done just about anywhere, including a pool. Swimming in general is a really good cardio exercise if you do it vigorously and is great for keeping your joints from feeling too much pressure.