The Top 5 Cardio Workouts*

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Getting into a new workout routine takes some adjustment. First, there is the process of figuring out how your workout can fit into your daily schedule. From there, you have to consider what type of workout is best for your needs.

Cardio workouts are great because they help you to burn a lot of calories while keeping you engaged in activity. Most cardio workouts are fast paced, which makes the length of the workout pass by quickly, and the workout itself typically has a defined start and end point, which makes it ideal for those with a busy schedule.  There are a lot of different options out there when it comes to choosing a cardio exercise. Take some time to investigate what your options are, and then try out a few that interest you.

Here is a rundown of the top 5 most popular cardiovascular exercises:

  1. The Elliptical Workout: This is hands-down the most common exercise machine at the gym. It is a great cardiovascular tool because it gets your entire body in a running motion, but is ideal because it doesn’t require you to put pressure on your knees or ankles.
  2. Walking or running: The most traditional of the cardiovascular workouts, it is no wonder that these two workouts are the old faithful for so many people. Walking or running are great workout tools, and the best part is that they can be done anywhere—no additional knowledge, guidance, or even equipment is needed to help you get started.
  3. Zumba: This fun dance class has become one of the most popular cardio workouts in recent years. The reality is that a Zumba class is a real workout. It is fun, and it involves a lot of fast-paced music, but it is not a typical dance party. Don’t be surprised when you are dripping with sweat after your first class.
  4. Spin Class: Spin classes have taken riding a bike to a whole new level. When you head into spin class you get onto a specialty bike that is designed to help you keep up with the instructor, going back and forth between different paces and inclines to give you a maximum workout at top speed.
  5. Swimming: Another old faithful activity, swimming is a great exercise option—especially for those who don’t want to put a lot of pressure on their joints. Swimming laps in the pool is a great way to burn calories without requiring repeated impact on your feet and ankles.

If you are unsure as to how to get started with your workout routine, try out a few of these popular cardio activities. Before starting anything new, make sure that you consult with your weight loss surgeon to ensure that you are up to the activity.

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*Weight loss surgery results vary between individuals depending on the initial weight, medical conditions and adherence to prescribed treatments. Speak to Dr. Bass about the results you can expect.