If you’re slowly losing patience with your lengthy running routine or are just not a fan of jogging, we have some great news for you. Sweating it out on the treadmill isn’t the only way to burn fat—there are plenty of cardio workouts that can help you torch that flab even faster than running does! Here’s a list of five of the best.
There’s a reason why burpees are always at the top of every bodyweight exercises list—they work both your upper and lower body while enhancing your strength, agility and coordination in one movement. A study published in Sports Medicine-Open in February 2018 highlights the many fat-burning benefits of burpees.
2. Battle Ropes
They might not seem like they offer much of a challenge at first—after all, how hard can it be to work with two ropes? However, a study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research in April 2015 claims that using battle ropes for just 10 minutes qualifies for a vigorous workout!
3. Kettlebell Swings
Kettlebells are woefully neglected at the gym, which is inexplicable considering how effective they are as a total body conditioning tool! This exercise works the big muscles around your glutes and quads which taxes your body like never before. In a 2012 study conducted by the University of Wisconsin, participants burned 20.2 calories a minute and their average heart was 93 per cent of its max for the course of a 20-minute kettlebell workout.
4. Jump Squats
As if squats weren’t difficult enough to begin with, throwing a jump into the mix transforms them into a cardio exercise from hell. According to a study by Auburn University at Montgomery, participants who did eight rounds of all-out jump squats—20 seconds of hard work, separated by 10 seconds of rest—burned 13.4 calories per minute and doubled their post-exercise metabolic rate for at least 30 minutes.
5. Jumping Rope
It’s a much more effective workout than running simply because it challenges your balance as well as your stamina. According to the Compendium of Physical Activities, jumping rope burns 11 calories a minute, making it a killer cardio exercise!
Instead of hopping on the treadmill yet again for your next cardio session, why not give these new exercices a try?