Quick Cardio for Busy People

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“I don’t have time to exercise.” Have you said this? No matter how busy you are you always have time to exercise. It would be best if you could find time to do 30 minutes of aerobic exercise each day. If you can’t manage a whole half hour, set aside just 15 minutes each day to do some cardio exercises. Your body will thank you. 
Exercise machines are available in every gym. These days even most small towns have a gym with a treadmill, an elliptical machine, a stair-stepper and an exercise bike. Plan your route to and from work so that you have to drive past the gym to remind you to stop in for 15 minutes and work up a good sweat before going home. Stair-steppers, ellipticals and stationary bikes are low-impact exercise machines, so they are easy on your joints. Your legs and abs will get a good workout too. 
Swimming places virtually no impact on your joints, but is a whole body strengthening cardio exercise. The water supports the weight of your body so swimming is ideal for people who have knee pain or have difficulty doing weight-bearing exercises. The water creates resistance that your muscles have to work against as you swim through the water. Even if you don’t know how to swim, you can still take advantage of your local swimming pool. Water walking is a vigorous cardio workout.

Try some equipment-free cardio exercises in the comfort of your own home in less than 15 minutes. Jump roping, mountain climbers, dancing, stair climbing, burpees, jump squats, kickboxing and jogging are all excellent choices to burn a lot of calories in a short amount of time.

The easiest way for busy people to get a good cardio workout is to walk. Walking is low-impact and you don’t need special equipment to do it. Walking increases your breathing and strengthens your heart. Because walking is a weight-bearing exercise, it’s good for your bones too. A brisk 15-minute walk each day before work, during your lunch break or after work can help you stay fit. Combine your walk with a low-calorie diet and you can lose weight, too.  
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About Robin R.
I’m an AFPA certified personal trainer & nutrition consultant, NASM certified corrective exercise specialist, NASM certified youth exercise specialist, online fitness coach and freelance writer specializing in health and fitness. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health. I specialize in weight loss, functional strength training, total body toning, aerobic conditioning, plyometric training, nutrition planning, and home-based boot camp style workouts for women. My goal is to make every personal training session fun and effective for my clients. My services include both in-home personal training and online fitness coaching.

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