Cardio Exercise

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-03-19 10:37:37 -0500
Started 2014-03-04 16:45:07 -0600

I have been doing a bit of Ty-Bo (it is not a pretty sight to be sure) to get my heart rate going. This is good for me and helping me to get more fit and loose some weight. But I get easily bored with things and need some variety on my routine. I found this article today that offered a lot of options.

It covers the basic benefits of things like swimming (my personal favorite) dance, biking and so on. What are your favorite cardio exercises?

33 replies

jigsaw 2014-03-08 17:47:18 -0600 Report

Like you Gabby, I get bored easily also! So, to make it more interesting, I mix it up. I walk, ride a bike, and use an eliptical. Sometimes, I even drag my wife along! Definitely helps to control weight, and alleviate stress.
I took a stress test about 5 years ago, and I was on the treadmill for so long, that I thought the tech that was monitoring me was going to have a heart attack! You should have seen the look on his face. His expression scared me! Then he said "do you feel ok" and I said yes, just a little tired, but I can still keep going. He explained that most 20 year olds would not last that long! Must have been a result of all the cardio that I had been doing.

I doubt I could achieve the same results today. Aside from being a bit older, I am guilty of not exercising as much as I used to. I still continue my cardio though, and it definitely is invigorating!

GabbyPA 2014-03-16 11:45:41 -0500 Report

So you are a 20 year old stud muffin then? Good job!!

jigsaw 2014-03-16 16:10:42 -0500 Report

Not quite! Haven't been called a stud in a while. I did run into an elderly lady, I'd guess about 85 years old, that said I was still a young spring chicken! Oh well, It could be worse!

sillysuzy 2014-03-08 09:03:49 -0600 Report

found three I would enjoy Swimming which I all ready do Dancing and riding a bike I got a round for year as a kid will need to find one that does not have hand grip I had one and almost killed my self on it.

draco59 2014-03-05 21:58:17 -0600 Report

I love swimming over anything else, and I just started again, right know I do 15 minutes 3 days a week. My plan is to work my way back up to a mile in and hour or so. No strain on my knees and a full body work out…

sillysuzy 2014-03-08 09:11:06 -0600 Report

I to love to swim Ii have my self up to 20 laps in about 40 minutes I try to add 2 laps a week or 5 a month I wish you Success with your swimming.

draco59 2014-03-09 00:19:58 -0600 Report

that's great!!!! I been swimming since I was very young… I got my mile swimming Merit Badge at about 8 years old…
Good Luck

TopazDee 2014-03-05 14:26:16 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby has Zumba dancing reached (or passed the USA) the music makes you want to dance something I used to love to do so couldn't resist trying it, did it enjoyed it then had to spend a week in bed due to extra strain on my already worn out spine.
If you are fit to dance would highly recommend it I would estimate as enjoyable as Line dancing (something else I tried and failed just love C&W music) but use more energy and muscles doing it. xxx

TBears Forever
TBears Forever 2014-03-05 11:29:18 -0600 Report

My husband and I, with the help of my daughter, son-in-law and grandkids built a walking path around our property. I just love it! We also have a "heavy" punching bag in our shed. Great for a good workout and to get frustration out at the same time! I took a kick boxing class many years ago and I still remember some of the routines it is a good way to mix things up!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-03-07 21:34:41 -0600 Report

We recently retired and bought our new home. We started working last year on clearing trees and brush for a walking path around our place. We did a walk / hike around the parameter last year. It is so beautiful and we are so looking forward to finish clearing a nice walking path, but it may take another year to finish it..

tabby9146 2014-03-05 10:09:17 -0600 Report

We used to have a pool and I miss it!! I love swimming but in the summer I go to a friend's apartment complex to swim or to a club that does not charge much to swim there, but it isn't nearly enough times, wish I could do it every day. Other than that, I love yoga! I also love to bike, though I do not currently have one. I need to get another. I love to dance and certain low impact aerobic routines. those are my faves.

CHenry9973 2014-03-05 09:09:54 -0600 Report

I really wish I could exercise. I started physical therapy and my neroulogist made me stop. Having mysathenia gravis it a tough one to deal with. I know exercising will help with my weight loss which in turn would help with my diabeties. It is a viscous cycle… just something I have to learn to live with.

lanykins 2014-03-09 11:45:39 -0500 Report

I have severe neuropathy, can't feel anything from my feet through my hands. This makes me so off-balance and dizzy that I can't do anything without my walker. My neurologist doesn't want me to do much of anything, including taking a shower alone. It has also affected my bladder so I am incontinent. That makes moving around a big problem. I used to love to swim but now cannot go to a pool with the incontinence. I have no idea what to do for any exercise. I really need it!

palmal 2014-03-19 10:37:37 -0500 Report

Bless your heart lanykins,
I take Lyrica for neuropathy and it is helping some. I wished you could get relief. Wow, why did I not know some of these things about Diabetes before hand? The time I am really learning is now, and thanks to many of you here I continue to learn each day. Thanks to all.

fozy 2014-03-05 06:53:51 -0600 Report

I used to do Zumba I'm not a dancer but yap! That worked me out I will do it for 30mins and walk for another 30 mins

JaredLahti 2014-03-04 20:45:03 -0600 Report

My favorite cardio exercise is the triathlon. I like the running and swimming most, but the triathlon is such a thrilling event. Being wet on the bike and then my legs feeling like jelly at the beginning of the run.

TRay043 2014-03-04 19:46:19 -0600 Report

I am usually on the treadmill doing a brisk walk at 3.6 mph with a 4 to 6 incline for an hour in the morning while I listen to music on Pandora or watching a movie on the iPad. After that, I will complete the workout with the kettlebells, which combines the benefits of dumbbell training with a high intensity cardio workout to help build muscle, increase power and get lean. You can burn approximately 191 calories with a 10-minute kettlebell workout. I am the caregiver for my wife who has early onset Alzheimer’s disease so I cannot be away from home often.

GabbyPA 2014-03-05 08:58:49 -0600 Report

What is kettlebell?

TRay043 2014-03-05 10:42:33 -0600 Report

The kettlebell is a cast-iron weight (resembling a cannonball with a handle) used to perform ballistic exercises. Unlike traditional dumbbells, the kettlebell’s center of mass is extended beyond the hand. Typical exercises build strength and endurance, particularly in the lower back, legs and shoulders, and increase grip strength. If not used correctly it can cause serious injury, there are many videos on YouTube.

artqween 2014-03-04 18:08:37 -0600 Report

Zumba!!! D.d.r. highly recommended. along with veg.s, lean meat, lots of water… Even if ur not a so calld dancer anyone can do the above dances. have fun!!

NSnell 2014-03-04 17:42:15 -0600 Report

I live in a 5th wheel so space is at a premium but… I like to pretend to do Zumba, I like the music and energy. Unfortunately I don't do it often enough.

wvmtngrl 2014-03-04 17:21:30 -0600 Report

Thanks Gabby, that is a good article. I have lots of exercise DVDs that I own and found myself doing the same 2 over and over again. I put them all in a binder and now flip through and pick something new. We are too far away to join a gym, take an aerobics class or get to a pool, so working out from home is what I do and it can get boring. Have you tried hula hooping?

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