Remember when you were a kid and riding your bike was the best part of the day? Hop back on that bike and start peddling! Cycling is an excellent way to get exercise, increase your heart health, strengthen your leg muscles and burn some serious calories. Outdoor cycling is fantastic and fills your need for fresh air and vitamin D. But not everyone feels comfortable biking outside or has the money to purchase a brand new bike (that one with the banana seat from 1974 might not work anymore). In that case, let me introduce you to the notion of indoor cycling!
If you’ve never been to an indoor cycling class, it’s time! An average person burns between 400-600 calories in a 45-minute class. Sound like torture? It’s actually super fun! Take riding a bike, add a room full of people, mix in some motivating music and top it off with a great instructor. Now you’ve got something fun that will push you to your limits, but in a good way. And remember—cycling is a low impact!
7. Rowing [500-600 calories/hour]
You know that machine in the corner of the gym that all-too-often sits unused? The rowing machine is something you should definitely be using! People might stay away from this machine because they don’t know how to use it, or perhaps because they wrongly assume it is just an upper-body exercise! That notion couldn’t be more misguided.
Rowing is a full-body exercise that works the biceps, triceps, shoulders, back, glutes, quads, hamstrings, and corer body. In addition to all this strength training, keep in mind that the cardio benefits of rowing are intense! Rowing burns between 250-300 calories in a 30-minute session.
Give some of these cardio workouts a try to burn calories, keep your heart healthy, and speed up your weight loss. Paired with strength training, it’s an unbeatable combination that will have you feeling healthy, lean, and strong.