Cardio Exercises

by
Joel Runyon
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last updated:
June 21, 2021

Our complete list of cardio exercises

Cardio - is there any other gym exercise that people love to hate so much? But as much as that may be true, studies have shown that cardio is great for the health of your heart and your lungs - AKA your CARDIOvascular system.

What is Cardio Exercise?

When the word cardio is mentioned, most people probably think about running. While running is a great way to get some cardio in your life, it's definitely not the only way. The most commonly accepted definition of cardio is anything that increases your heart and breathing rate while improving the function of your cardiovascular system by placing a demand on your heart and lungs.

What are the Best Cardio Exercises?

There is no one best cardio exercise! You have to find out which exercises work best for you. Running, burpees, and jump rope are all popular cardio choices, but anything that raises your heart rate and challenges your cardiovascular system can count. That means that non-gym activities like raking a pile of leaves or dancing for fun can be cardio. We have included some  effective cardio movements below.

by
Joel Runyon

Joel Runyon is the founder of IMPOSSIBLE® - performance lifestyle brand encompassing performance apparel & formulas,  IMPOSSIBLE Fitness® programs, and a philanthropy arm. An endurance athlete and entrepreneur - he's also the creator of MoveWellApp and owns Ultimate Meal Plans. Find out what next challenge Joel is crossing off his impossible list here.

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