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Over 110 Cardio Workout Ideas

Limitless Options for Aerobic Exercise

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By Jennipher Walters, Certified Personal Trainer & Fitness Instructor         
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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

    Sports
     
  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
  77. BODYPUMP
  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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Jennipher Walters Jennipher Walters
Jenn is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomeGirls.com, FitBottomedMamas.com and FitBottomedEats.com. 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

  • This list is a good start. There are a lot more activities that are fun that can be added to it, too! But "cardio" means it is working the heart, and anything that is getting the heart pumping faster, rather than an anaerobic activity, is cardio, no matter if it's for 1 minute or 10 or 60. People who are sick or in physical therapy/recovery from serious illness have to start with very tiny steps to slowly build up, but those are STILL cardio, and still matter. You have to learn to crawl before you can walk. If you can't even do 2 minutes of sustained activity with your heart, you shouldn't feel bad and give up. "Cardio" is anything that works the heart - even gently that does not reach a certain target rate if your doctor does not recommend it - for whatever length of time you can do. Be proud if you did 30 seconds more than you could last week - that's progress! - 3/21/2016 7:33:49 PM
  • Great option to selection from to accumulate 30 or more minutes of cardio stimulating activities. - 3/13/2016 4:03:53 AM
  • Lots of choices here, today I did two 30 min HIITs one for lower and one for upper body. Not easy! - 3/11/2016 12:58:26 PM
  • You gave us plenty of choices. And variety, so I think it will keep us busy. Thank you for this article. - 2/8/2016 10:37:26 PM
  • The list is impressive, but try to find some correlation between the activity and the amount of benefit as a fitness activity anywhere on the internet for some of them. My guess is that some of these activities could be harmful over a long period of time. I know one house painter who developed carpal tunnel. - 1/12/2016 10:03:00 PM
  • Love the reminder of all the great options for cardio!! Thanks, think I will print them out!! :) - 1/1/2016 7:24:33 PM
  • I have to start slow, should I up my workout by 5 min a week or more. Right now I am at 20-30 min through out the day. - 11/7/2015 2:07:15 PM
  • I can't work out the same as ten years ago, but I can't make the mistake of not trying. - 10/7/2015 9:26:43 AM
  • It would be nice if the people who write these articles would remember that not everyone can get their heart rate into any of the target zones. People who are on beta blockers fall into this category. The drug kicks in and suppresses the heart rate. I was on a beta blocker for several years, and there was no way I could get my heart rate anywhere near the target zone, and I worked out. - 10/1/2015 10:45:08 AM
  • It's important to revise our targeted heart rate numbers as we 'mature..... my THR at age 62 is a lot lower than it was at age 32 . . . . just saying...

    Keep that ol' ticker healthy! - 9/28/2015 1:09:45 PM
  • I've become more active and more aware of my goals and i'm finding more ways to stay fit and eat healthy taking advice and being my best cheerleader - 9/5/2015 7:34:14 PM
  • 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
  • BILL-YOGURT-LAB
    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

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