Bored to death running on the treadmill?¬† Dreading the monotony of your next stairmaster session?¬† Instead of forcing yourself to “work out,” why don’t you engage yourself in some cardio sports?¬† Playing sports is one of the most enjoyable ways to stay in shape.¬† In addition, getting involved in some kind of sport is a great way to meet people.¬† It’s like hitting two birds with one stone: you get to socialize, have fun, AND get a great cardio workout!¬† I mean really, what more could you ask for?!
While all sports constitute some form of exercise, certain sports give you a bigger cardio boost than others.¬† For instance, golf and bowling are enjoyable, but don’t exactly leave you gasping for air.¬† Continue reading to discover the top 6 Sports to help boost cardio fitness…
I guarantee you will do more running in soccer than you will for any other sport — unless you’re the goaly.¬† Trust me, I lived in Europe for several months.¬† I played some pick up games with local kids in France…and I have never, ever, run harder, and been more out of breath in my entire life.¬† It’s no wonder the Europeans are all so skinny. FYI, never, ever, call it soccer there…unless you want to be laughed off the field.¬† In Europe, it’s called football.
Swimming is one of the best workouts for maintaining overall health wellness.¬† Period.¬† Swimming builds cardiovascular health, strength, and muscular endurance…all at the same time!¬† You may have noticed that many serious swimmers are in amazing shape. Swimming burns a ton of calories, sculpting the body to look amazing in that bathing suit.
3. Ultimate Frisbee
If you’re not familiar with ultimate frisbee, think of it as football with a frisbee, minus the tackling.¬† And it’s just as popular with girls as it is with guys.¬† You know how much football players run, right?¬† If you’ve never played football, but still want to get an amazing, football-like workout, ultimate frisbee is the way to go.
4. Hockey/Field Hockey
Hockey, or field hockey, more commonly played by women, involves almost as much running around as soccer.¬† Even when you’re not handling the ball or puck yourself, you’re still getting a great cardio workout, chasing it up and down the field!¬† Just like soccer, avoid being the goal keeper if you want to get a cardio workout.
5. Tennis and 6. Squash/Racketball
I grouped these together because they all involve hitting a ball with racket, and they are played either one-on-one or two-on-two.¬† These sports will give you the best cardio workout out of the non-team sports.¬† You will literally be dashing across the court with every smack of the ball.¬† Tennis, racketball, and squash are a cinch to get into — all you need is one other person to play with!