I enjoy strength training workouts, but sometimes there is something incredibly satisfying about a quick, challenging cardio workout.
Cardio exercise provides many benefits for your body. During cardio exercise, short for cardiovascular, your heart rate increases and you breathe faster/deeper. This maximizes the amount of oxygen in your blood, which helps you use oxygen in the most efficient way possible.
How well your body is able to use this oxygen is referred to as your aerobic capacity. The better your body is at using oxygen, the more improved your aerobic capacity is. For example, we’ve all felt breathless from trekking up a steep incline or stairs. The greater your aerobic capacity, the less breathless you will feel when you reach the top (and the easier it will be for you to get to the top).
Additional cardio benefits include:
Decreased chances of a stroke
More calories burned
If you are short on time but need a quick cardio workout, try my Tabata workout below. To make the timing of your movements easier, check out this previous post for information about a timer app and how to set it up for Tabata workouts.
Want more cardio workouts? Visit my workouts page for additional cardio routines including these favorites:
Tabata Circuit #1: (Repeat for a total of three times.)
Reverse Lunge + Front Kick (Left)
Reverse Lunge + Front Kick (Right)
DB Woodchop (Left)
DB Woodchop (Right)
Circuit #2: (Repeat for a total of two times.)
Standing Side Crunch (Left)
Standing Side Crunch (Right)