4 Simple Ways to Mix Up A Stale Cardio Routine

Let’s face it: spending another 45 minutes of your day pounding away on another cardio machine scares you more than watching Saw V in a dark room. Because you’re motivated to burn fat, you stoically endure the mindless cadence of the treadmill, elliptical, or exercise bike.

Take a second and ask yourself: are you trying too hard?

Believe it or not, you can get ripped and shredded without spending another minute pounding away on another tortuous cardio session. Here are 4 tips that just might have you actually looking forward to your next cardio session.

Team Sports

If the last time you played a team sport was as 4th outfielder in little league, it’s time to get reacquainted with team sports. Sports like soccer, flag football, and roller hockey are a fun and exciting way to burn away fat.

The best part is that you don’t have to be part of your company’s softball tam to play in a sports league as an adult. Websites like Meetup.com and Craigslist.com are chock full of adult leagues for all ages and abilities.


Pylometrics is a red-hot style of sports training that’s used by pro sports teams around the world. In essence, pylometrics is the practice of explosive movements –like jumping or hopping.

The great thing about pylometrics is that an entire workout takes no more than 30 minutes, and recruits muscle fibers that have lain dormant from years spent on the treadmill circuit.

Jump Rope

Jump rope has been used by boxers for almost a century as part of their cardio conditioning routine because it’s an awesome total-body cardio conditioning exercise. Another plus is that jump rope is extremely convenient. If you have a jump rope, you have a workout!

Power tip: Jump rope is particularly awesome for interval training sessions.


Swimming is a commonly overlooked form of cardio. If it’s been a while since you donned a bathing suit, you may be huffing and puffing after 10 minutes in the pool. Not only does swimming absolutely torch calories, but it helps tone and strengthen the muscles that support your joints.

Cycling (Outside)

You’d be hard pressed to find a chubby cyclist. Outdoor cycling is one of the most intense forms of cardio around. Cycling is a great way to enjoy the great outdoors while adding a huge helping of variety to your standard stationary bike habit.

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