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!