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These Cardios Are Amazing for Weight Loss ...

By Jennifer

I confess: I used to loathe cardio. But a few years ago, I discovered it doesn't have to be a chore, and in fact, it can even be — gasp! — fun. So whether you're looking for a new cardio exercise to help you lose weight, stay fit, or just have more energy, here are the best cardios for weight loss, fitness, and energy (see what I did there)?

Table of contents:

  1. Trail running
  2. Elliptical machine
  3. Spinning
  4. Bicycling
  5. Stand-up paddleboard
  6. Stairs (or stair-climber)
  7. Dog walking
  8. Jump rope
  9. Swimming
  10. Skating
  11. Jumping jacks
  12. Rowing
  13. Zumba/dance
  14. Trapeze
  15. Hiking
  16. Tennis
  17. Volleyball
  18. Beach running
  19. Trampoline
  20. Basketball
  21. Crossfit

1 Trail Running

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So it doesn't look like much - running on a trail - but even without much of an elevation change, trail running is so much more of a cardio workout than even regular running. OMG!

2 Elliptical Machine

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I'm the opposite of coordinated, so I'm afraid to try an elliptical workout - have you tried it? What's it like?

3 Spinning

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Ha ha ha! No! Not THAT kind of spinning! I mean the spin class at the gym.

4 Bicycling

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If the new Soul Cycle craze is a bit intense for you, no worries - just hop on your bicycle and ride. It's still an excellent cardio workout!

5 Stand-up Paddleboard

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This looks like so much fun! I want to try it!

6 Stairs (or Stair-Climber)

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Your legs will be SO SORE the next day, but using the Stair Climber at the gym, or better yet, climbing actual stairs, is sure to get your heart thumping.

7 Dog Walking

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I don't mean a leisurely stroll around the park - I mean let your big dog pull you through an almost-running half-hour "walk."

8 Jump Rope

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It's not just for kiddies on the playground - jumping rope is a great cardio workout!

9 Swimming

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If your joints can't handle a weight-bearing workout (like running), then swimming is for you. It's still a killer cardio workout, but it's gentler on your joints.

10 Skating

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If you're skating on pavement or ice, chances are, your heart's pounding. See? Cardio! You got your workout for the day.

11 Jumping Jacks

Do 50 of these and tell me your heart's not beating fast. Do 50 of these three times, with a two-minute break in between, and wow! Cardio1

12 Rowing

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You, a kayak or canoe, and two paddles. Boom. Cardio. Done.

13 Zumba/Dance

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There's a reason Zumba is still so popular - it's fun, yes, but it's such a good cardio workout! Not into Zumba? Try any form of dance, from ballet to tap to just plain clubbing.

14 Trapeze

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I'm not even kidding. A trapeze workout is insane, for your abs and core, and OMG, for your heart and lungs.

15 Hiking

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No gentle inclines or slow paces, and hiking can be quite a good cardio workout.

16 Tennis

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I mean, have you seen the Williams sisters, or Anna Kournikova? Running all over a tennis court is very good cardio.

17 Volleyball

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You don't realize til later how much of a cardi workout volleyball can be.

18 Beach Running

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Tip: run in the wet part of the sand; it's much easier, and you won't get as much sand in your shoes.

19 Trampoline

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Again, it doesn't seem like bouncing on a trampoline could be a good workout, but it is! And as you might expect, it's loads of fun!

20 Basketball

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Whether you play on a team or just shoot hoops with friends in the park, basketball is an incredibly good workout - especially for your heart!

21 CrossFit

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All of our friends who do CrossFit have already told us how intense it can be. No further explanation required. *wink

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