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Over 110 Cardio Workout Ideas

Limitless Options for Aerobic Exercise


Anything from the extensive list below that meets the intensity and time guidelines above can count as aerobic exercise!

    At The Gym

  1. Elliptical trainer
  2. Stair stepper (Stairmaster)
  3. Stationary or recumbent bike
  4. Jacob's ladder (the climbing "treadmill" often seen on "The Biggest Loser")
  5. Arm ergometer (arm cycle)
  6. Rowing machine
  7. Circuit training
  8. Treadmill walking or running
  9. Kettlebells
  10. Interval training
  11. Box jumps
  12. Step ups
  13. Plyometrics

    Household Chores
  14. Vacuuming
  15. Scrubbing floors
  16. Cleaning the bathtub
  17. Washing windows
  18. Mopping
  19. Changing sheets
  20. Painting
  21. Heavy renovations (pulling carpet, knocking down walls, etc.)
  22. Moving furniture
  23. Raking
  24. Gardening
  25. Cleaning the gutters
  26. Washing the car
  27. Mowing the lawn with a push mower
  28. Shoveling snow
  29. Sweeping the patio and walkways
  30. Cleaning out the garage
  31. Heavy landscaping such as planting trees, shrubs and bushes

    The Great Outdoors
  32. Cycling
  33. Hiking
  34. Snowshoeing
  35. Downhill skiing
  36. Cross-country skiing
  37. Water skiing
  38. Wakeboarding
  39. Rock climbing
  40. Jogging / Running
  41. Power walking (brisk walking)
  42. Rollerblading
  43. Paddling a canoe
  44. Nordic walking
  45. Surfing
  46. Paddle boarding
  47. Swimming
  48. Water jogging/running
  49. Skateboarding
  50. Bleacher running
  51. Ice skating

  52. Tennis
  53. Flag football
  54. Hitting balls at the driving range
  55. Soccer
  56. Hockey
  57. Basketball
  58. Lacrosse
  59. Boxing
  60. Martial arts
  61. Kickboxing
  62. Kickball
  63. Karate
  64. Jiu-jitsu
  65. Racquetball

    Group Classes
  66. Spinning
  67. Step aerobics
  68. Jazzercise
  69. Zumba
  70. Bootcamp
  71. Power yoga (Ashtanga and/or Vinyasa)
  72. Salsa dancing
  73. Dance classes or lessons
  74. Cardio kickboxing
  75. Hi-lo floor aerobics
  76. Water aerobics
  78. Silver Sneakers
  79. Gliding
  80. Hip hop dance
  81. Sports conditioning
  82. CrossFit
  83. Krav Maga
  84. StrollerStrides or StrollerFit classes
  85. Turbokick

    Popular Workout Videos
  86. P90X
  87. Insanity
  88. Chalean Extreme
  89. Cardio Blast with Coach Nicole
  90. Hip Hop Hustle
  91. Jillian Michael's 30-Day Shred
  92. The Biggest Loser workouts
  93. Tae Bo
  94. Walk Away the Pounds
  95. Sweatin' to the Oldies
  96. Turbo Jam / Turbo Fire
  97. Hip Hop Abs
  98. Gilad's Bodies in Motion
  99. Dancing with the Stars workouts
  100. 10 Minute Solution cardio titles
  101. Coach Nicole's 10-Minute Jump Rope Cardio video
  102. Coach Nicole's 10-Minute Jump Start Cardio video
  103. Coach Nicole's 10-Minute Cardio Kickboxing video

    Play Time
  104. Walking the dog
  105. Playing with your children
  106. Dodge ball
  107. Tag
  108. Hooping (hula hooping)
  109. Obstacle courses
  110. Jump rope
  111. Water games in a pool
  112. Playing with your dog
  113. Skipping
  114. Hop scotch
  115. Taking the stairs
  116. Jumping jacks
  117. Trampoline jumping (rebounding)

See? There's no shortage of options! Have fun finding some new favorite cardio exercises from the list above. With this many choices, there's never an excuse to get bored or dread cardio ever again!

This article has been reviewed and approved by certified personal trainers Jen Mueller and Nicole Nichols.
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Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites, and A certified personal trainer, health coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and is the author of The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet book (Random House, 2014).

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Member Comments

  • I did a mile of WATP and this afternoon took a brisk walk to the supermarket and back. - 8/29/2015 12:38:03 AM
  • So where was playing with your CAT? One of my toms is obsessed with fetching his toy if you toss it and the other loves to play with his feather and stick. - 8/17/2015 8:15:12 PM
    I have downloaded Youtube senior cardio videos onto my thumb-drive and have it plugged into my Smart TV. Generally I start with 2 cardio videos and then end with another for cooling down. Seems to work great and I have "cured" several problems include back pain since exercising this way. Still working on weight reduction, tho. - 8/7/2015 9:02:52 AM
  • I am glad Hip Hop Abs are on the list. Its cardio but even when I was 23 pounds heavier I could still do it. The music is great, Shawn T is clear with his instructions and you can follow a low impact routine until you get used to it, its been great for my belly!!! :) - 8/5/2015 2:31:45 PM
  • Once again, the implication is "if you aren't doing at least 10 minutes of exercise that elevates your heart rate into your target zone, then don't bother, because you're not really exercising". What about people who physically can't exercise for 10 minutes in their target heart rate zone? What about people who have physical limitations?
    I know I'm talking to the wall. - 8/5/2015 12:42:54 PM
    My favorite cardio exercises is Zumba and Dance Fitness. - 7/29/2015 1:00:10 AM
  • My workouts are mainly done in 10 chunks (commute and desk job). Since the Walkabout Challenge, I take work breaks, set the timer on my phone for 10 min and walk inside around the building. On nice days, I'll go outside; its about a 8-9 min walk around the office building outside. If I go completely around (including the parking lot), its a 12-13 min walk.

    On days off and holidays, I aim for 30 or more consecutive minutes.

    The Walkabout Challenge broke my ALL or NOTHING attitude and help me hit a 100+day fitness streak.

    Next stop 200 days! - 7/16/2015 9:21:04 AM
    I like games that distract me from noticing that I'm exercising. One gadget I use is Goji Play. With an iPad and my elliptical, I can play video games while I pedal. Another fav for me is walking fast with friends, gabbing away, catching up. An hour later and I'm all caught up and I've done 60 mins of cardio! - 7/1/2015 4:13:32 PM
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  • JEANW2
    Thanks for giving me some good "exercise" ideas. But mostly thanks for reminding me to keep moving at least 10 minutes. - 6/3/2015 4:33:51 PM
  • NAN13155
    So why are there no calorie charts for housework? If bed changing is good as cardio, why no option on the exercise choices? - 6/2/2015 5:48:02 AM
  • One of my favorite cardio workouts is geocaching. It combines walking/hiking with the game of treasure hunting. Of course a lot of the walking ends up being in circles looking for the cache...but walking is walking. - 1/30/2015 5:33:18 AM
  • I do Curves Circuit Training every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Trying to add some walking on the days in between ;) - 10/9/2014 4:07:39 PM
  • JICAMA19
    I walked up and down my stairs for 15 minutes, I was told that I burned 150 calories. I also so parked my car at the end of the mall and walked to the front entrance, then walked around the mall and back to my car. I loved it! - 8/26/2014 4:22:08 PM
  • Thanks for sharing - 7/12/2014 6:17:31 AM

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