Three cardio exercises you can do besides jogging

There are many complaints that people make about jogging to build their cardiovascular health. “I don’t have time to jog for half an hour.” “Jogging is boring.” “I don’t have access to a treadmill.” These are just a few of the typical complaints voiced about getting in this type of cardio. 

Such complaints are definitely taking a toll on many people’s cardiovascular health. It’s estimated that about 80% of Americans don’t get enough exercise. A physical therapist can help you find more engaging cardio exercises to use in your daily routine, and there are three options in particular that your physical therapist may recommend: 

  1. Jumping rope

This schoolyard staple can also be a fun cardio exercise for adults. Jumping rope engages many different muscle groups, including your: 

  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Glutes
  • Core
  • Legs

This exercise will get your heart and lungs pumping, which can improve your cardiovascular health. Additionally, jumping rope for as little as 15 to 20 minutes can burn off one candy bar’s worth of calories. It can also create less impact on your joints than jogging when done correctly. 

  1. Cycling

Riding a bike, or cycling, is another cardio exercise that can be more fun than jogging. Cycling requires that you work multiple muscle groups. This includes using your abdominal and back muscles to stay upright and your leg muscles and glutes to push the pedals. 

It also puts far less strain on your knees and ankles than running or jogging. Additionally, riding in the morning before breakfast can boost your metabolism and start your day off positively. Cycling is also a great option for people who are just starting to work on their cardiovascular fitness. 

  1. Walking

Walking is by far one of the most commonly done but least appreciated cardio exercises, and medical researchers report that walking for just 30 minutes per day can decrease heart disease risk by 19%. 

Staying engaged with walking can be tough for some people. But there are now apps that can make this type of cardio a lot more fun. There are even gaming apps that reward you for walking, biking or running. Some gaming apps that you could consider using on your walk include: 

SSOR can help you prepare for cardio exercises

Need help preparing to do more cardio exercises? Our SSOR therapy specialists are here to help you address issues that can keep you from doing more cardio. We offer complimentary screenings that can pinpoint the issues you’re dealing with. Our team can then construct a personalized therapy plan for you that’s designed to address injuries and other issues or prevent fitness-related injuries. 

Can’t come see us in person? That’s OK! We offer therapy services that you can use right from your own living room, including virtual therapy and at-home care sessions. Even better, we don’t require that you have a doctor’s referral before starting a physical therapy plan with us. 

Contact us today for more information about all the therapy services we offer or to schedule an initial appointment.