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IPSILY SparkPoints: (0)
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1/10/12 5:24 P

If you can afford to invest in a Wii Fit or Kinect, do it! Sooo much fun to exercise with some of those programs!

If you're like me and cannot, think of your favorite sport and then go do it! I fell in love with kickboxing, and didn't even realize it was cardio until someone pointed it out.

Good luck! :)

BUUKWORM14 SparkPoints: (77,372)
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1/10/12 4:56 P

What do you hate about cardio? Yes- plonking yourself on a treadmill for an hour can be really boring. I find watching TV on the machines helps. You can also try classes- dance classes are really fun.

You can also do "incidental" cardio- take the stairs, walk/bike everywhere, clean your home vigorously. You can also grab some friends and just go dancing- just make sure the evening doesn't end with cocktails and bar food. emoticon

LPERKINS75 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/10/12 4:40 P

start taking classes with a friend. it will make it feel more like a time out of the house instead of exercise

HIP-MOM Posts: 1,744
1/10/12 4:05 P

@-DYET- that is something I always wanted to do.. There were classes offered in northern CA where I used to live, but here in central KY, they seem too conservative! I live in a community where there are Amish riding in horse drawn carriages. I'm NOT kidding. Talk about a culture shock!

When we build our garage, we're building an upstairs loft and putting in a pole complete with a pellet stove and all the bells and whistles. I hope there's instructional dvd's! :)

-POLEDANCEGIRL- Posts: 14,825
1/10/12 3:43 P

Pole fitness classes. You will absolutely get your cardio workout in!!! And it is a sexy fun time!!

MUFFY23K SparkPoints: (0)
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1/10/12 3:21 P

Find an activity you would really enjoy as long as it gets your heart rate up . Walking with headphones and playing music will rev you up when I'm doing that I could go all day. I love tennis with my grandson. Just do something as long as you are moving you'll get there. Good luck

KELLIEM Posts: 1,475
1/10/12 3:15 P

Personally, I love Zumba. It's so fun it doesn't even seem like you are working out... See if there are any classes nearby or buy a DVD if you like working out at home. It is not only a good cardio workout but if you use light weights it helps to tone your arms as well.

HIP-MOM Posts: 1,744
1/10/12 3:00 P

hula hooping is A LOT of fun and burns about 148 calories in 20 min. in the spring/summer/fall I LOVE hiking for 5+ miles at a time with the whole family including the dog, Kayaking/canoeing is also seasonal, but great exercise and a lot of fun with your friends or family. Are you near an indoor pool? there's always water aerobics. have you got a Wii, or something similar? Just Dance 2 or 3 is a BLAST! search it on You Tube for an idea of how it's played, there's plenty of demo's. Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board has great ST and Yoga w/ Personal Trainers and basic run, step, hula hoop cardio exercises and more.

There's a fellow sparker with a You Tube page who lost 28 pounds in 10 months of hooping and became a certified trainer through Hoopnotica along the way.

This Link below is TillyWhirls 10 months of hooping anniversary progression:

Here's a Just Dance 2 Demo (up to 4 people can dance at the same time, this is a duet):

HILLMC719 Posts: 33
1/10/12 12:04 P

I am in the same boat...almost the exact same. I have about 20 pounds to lose, and cardio just bores me. My elliptical is dusty. Do you have a wii or xbox? I just bought Just Dance 3 for the Wii and it is fantastic! It was fun, challenging, and before I knew it I had done 30 minutes. I can't wait to go play tonight. If you really get into the moves its an awesome workout. Of course you have to have the gaming console, but if you do I highly recommend it. To me the Wii Fit games were disappointing and not enough. This game is a fantastic workout.

PEDAL-PUSHER Posts: 6,501
1/9/12 10:15 A

I do very little that is actual EXERCISE, but I do get in cardio every day. I love to walk, and the dog and I hit the streets of the developmentj, country farm roads or even in town several times a week. It's our 'together time' and we both enjoy it. I also bike (real, not stationary) and hike, dance when I get the opportunity, would love to roller blade, but don't want to fall down. I don't think of any of these activities as exercise, they are just fun. I'll get on the treadmill or eliptical when I can't get out for a walk, and they are boring, but I'll pop in a movie, that helps the time go by.

AUTUMNGOLD1976 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/9/12 8:57 A

Walking and house work or yard work

1/8/12 8:36 P

Anyone looking for set up Tabata Protocol workouts will find four successively more demanding ones in the General Discussion form of the Spark teams Resistance band and bodyweight training or F/I.T. Female in Training. Look for Kick Ass Workouts I-IV

MSGNOME Posts: 555
1/8/12 7:28 P

You just need to find something you like doing. I find that anything done outside is more fun.

IVFNURSE1 Posts: 138
1/7/12 1:39 P

I find kickboxing and plyometrics to be fun and an awesome cardio workout. Consider one of those.

BECKY7700 Posts: 233
1/7/12 12:12 P

If you want to try and find a cardio that you like, have you ever tried any DVDs?

Personally, I HATE cardio and love strength training. When I was first losing weight, I liked Leslie Sansone walking videos.

There are so many different styles of cardio....kickboxing, walking, dancing, step, low impact, tae bo, pylometrics, etc. If it is one of your goals to find a cardio that you enjoy, keep trying until you find something. I get DVDs from my library and I've heard there are some online free videos that you can try. My cable also had on-demand videos for free, but I read on SP that it was being discontinued so I don't know if that is an option anymore.

BAREFOOT-LISA Posts: 1,412
1/7/12 10:48 A

I know how you feel, but I tough it out for a half hour a few times a week because it is good for me.
My goal is not just about looking better, but being healthier too and that includes my heart and stamina.
I do more yoga than cardio and my weight loss is slower than most others here and I truly think that is due to my overall lack of intense cardio.

You can get your heart rate up in other ways too, I sometimes will do spurts of jumping jacks. Maybe only for seconds at a time, but I feel better! Or I walk the dog, cleaning the house in fast-forward, lol, dance around the house, make sweet sweet love!, skip down the street...
Cardio doesn't just have to be on machines.

REDFOXES SparkPoints: (0)
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1/7/12 10:20 A

Something simple like walking or cleaning your house...

JUSTDEBC Posts: 2,915
1/6/12 5:43 P

JENMC14- thanks for the heads up to the tabata exercises.

SCAREWALDORF SparkPoints: (0)
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1/6/12 5:16 P

What about sport teams? Think outside the box-if you don't like soccor, football, netball etc, look around. What about roller skating, ice skating, bowling, wii fit? Look at the tracking cardio options for ideas of what cardio can be-it doesn't have to be gym based!

SCTK519 Posts: 2,086
1/6/12 5:05 P

You can lose weight without cardio, but I know if I'm not running and just watching what I eat, my body isn't nearly as toned as when I workout.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,786
1/6/12 4:21 P

Do strength training if you hate cardio. I know there are some programs that rely solely on strength training. I think The New Rules of Lifting is one, I've never personally read it, but I've seen reviews.

I'd still try to get in at least 10-20 minutes of cardio a few times a week since it's good for your heart. Maybe try Coach Nicole's kickboxing video (I loved that when I was first starting out and did it a ll the time) or take a Hip Hop class ro something. You might also want to Google Tabata. It is very, very high intensity interval training and you can do several intervals in a short amount of time.

1/6/12 3:08 P

Cardio is the third and least critical component in a weigh loss programme. The components in order of importance are nutrition (diet), strength training and then cardio. There is are errors in a previous posters recommendation concerning circuit training. True circuit training does not have a dedicated cardio component nor is it based on keeping your heart rate elevated. Circuit training is a circuit of several strength exercises performed without a break before a recovery break is taken. The circuit is repeated from 4 to 6 times normally. There is a built in cardio component to strength training done this way. To add some dedicated cardio revert to being 10 years old again and jump rope on non strength training days.

Getting on a machine and multitasking by reading or watching television will not be a proper cardio workout, if you are working hard enough for the exercise to be effective you can not concentrate on anything else.

Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 1/8/2012 (20:33)
NIGHTOWL87 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/6/12 3:05 P

I do kickboxing :D I don't see it as cardio, I see it as a life-saving skill i can use if the need arose.

If you like silence and strong poses - yoga
If you like strong moves and high music - turbo jam
If you like fluidity - dancing

I mention those because those are the ones i do :D

You can also learn something new? Surfing, rollerblading, bicycling, etc (this is assuming you don't do those)

I'm going to learn tap dancing in February. Great cardio and something I've always wanted to do :D good luck!

IVYLASS SparkPoints: (218,894)
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1/6/12 2:55 P

What do you hate, the actual exercise or the boring motion?

My gym has most of its cardio machines hooked up to individual TVs, so I will exercise and watch Law and Order to pass the time. You can also read a book on the bike. For the rowing machine, I have my iPod.

BDD923 SparkPoints: (6,407)
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1/6/12 2:41 P

Yes. Watch your diet. You can lose the weight without exercising.

THAT BEING SAID. It's good to work out. I get bored to death with all that cardio stuff too. I get my cardio in two ways. One... circuit training. intersperse short, high resisteance intervals of cardio with strength training (eg... elliptical, weights, bike, weights, etc). The idea of the cardio is to keep your hear rate up!! You might be surprised but strength training is actually more important to fat loss than cardio is. I am sure you will soon hear from others about this..

Second is fitness classes. My favs are step aerobics, boot camp and Yoga. If you belong to a gym I highly recommend checking one or a few out!! Please don't be bothered by the "new person" stigma.

If you don't like cardio, don't do it. Find other ways to exercise and get your heart rate up!

BRAPP03 Posts: 1
1/6/12 2:33 P

I need to lose 20 pounds. I am 5'9" and 190 lbs. I need to be 165-170. The problem is, I hate running, the bike, treadmill, elliptical, etc. Does anyone have any tips on how I should go about losing the weight?

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