Cardio Exercises for Beginners
Hey guys! Hope you are still sticking to your fitness resolutions which you promised to follow this year. In case, you are struggling to make your fitness train move, don’t worry at all. This struggle is a good thing, it shows that you are serious about your health and weight loss. The problem arises when you stop taking your fitness or for that matter your fitness resolution seriously. Today, I want to talk about some of the best cardio exercises for beginners. I’m saying best since these have worked great for me.
There are only a handful of people who actually achieve their health & fitness goals. This post is for all you people who are beginning their fitness journey and need some motivation. I know how you feel because I am also standing at this juncture.
I lost 3 Kg in 3 weeks with only simple cardio exercises and easy lifestyle changes.
And, I hope it will help you to move a step forward in your fitness journey. And, of course, you will see that stubborn fat melting & those muscles getting toned. Let’s get started!
How to Begin the Cardio Exercises?
For beginners, looking to start their fitness journey, it’s important to get into a routine first. And, to easily slip into a fitness routine, one should have a perfect fitness plan. So, before you hit the gym or start running, have a plan in hand. Design your plan keeping in mind your body’s endurance capacity. Exerting yourself by doing an hour of aerobics on Day 1 doesn’t make any sense.
Start slow, divide your time effectively and if possible, maintain a journal. By keeping a record, you will observe a pattern which will help you in the long run with your fitness goal.
Let’s see 5 Cardio Exercises which are best suited for Beginners
In simple words, a cardio workout includes low-intensity, long duration exercises which raise your heart rate. Cardio exercise is also known as aerobic exercise since these are aimed to convert body fat into energy.
If you have just started your cardio, walking will be your best buddy to build your stamina. Yes, for starters, gaining stamina should be the focus for the first few days. You will need it later in your long duration cardio workout.
Start with walking 15 mins daily for a week. It is safe and easy and within a week you will feel your stamina shoot up. Later, you can easily replace walking with jogging or running as per your capacity.
2- Swimming as a cardio exercise
Do you know swimming as a cardio workout works better than running for losing calories? That too, without putting any pressure on your joints. Also, with swimming, you get a full body workout since your upper body works in sync with your lower body.
So, beginners what are you waiting for? Now is the time to renew your pool membership & shop for those cool swimming costumes. Try including both walking & swimming in your workout and see your body getting toned swiftly.
Another great option for beginners is cycling as a cardio exercise. It is a fun way to lose calories, you can keep it for the weekends though. Or, if you can manage cycling daily for an hour, then nothing can beat it. Just grab a bike, put on your gears, plug in those earphones and go on a beautiful ride.
You can even consider riding to your college or work on your bicycle. Moreover, you can make a cool statement with that. If you don’t have a cycle, you can even do stair climbing, start with climbing 50 stairs at a time.
4- Dancing as cardio exercise
One of the best aerobic exercises and most famous amongst fitness lovers, is dancing. It not only has physical benefits but mental benefits as well.
Dancing is known to instantly uplift mood if you are grooving on your favorite number. The best part is, you can do it at home, alone or in a group, in any way, dancing will benefit you. And, you can choose your favorite dancing style too.
5- A complete cardio workout session
Now, another great way to start with your cardio workout is by designing your own workout session. Or, following a low-intensity cardio workout session available online. If you know how your body reacts to certain exercises, it’s better to design a session for yourself. You can group 5 or more low impact cardio exercises and do the repetitions as per your strength & stamina.
It’s better to start with 5 exercises, do each for 45 sec, rest for 15 sec before moving onto the next. Do at least 2 repetitions and it will become your 10-minute low-intensity cardio workout. With time, you can add more exercises & increase the intensity. I like to follow Joanna Soh’s 20 min low impact cardio workout.
So, these are the 5 easy cardio exercises which can help beginners in their fitness and weight loss journey. I hope you liked this post and found it helpful. What is your fitness goal for this year? Do share with me in the comments below.
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I have been working out for quite a few years and I like your collection of cardio exercises. They are very apt for beginners!
I started my fitness journey in 2014 with swimming and dancing and I can vouch for their effectiveness anytime. I lost 8 kgs in 3 months that year. Now after all the wrong lifestyle choices and extra weight post-pregnancy, I find low impact cardio workout really helpful. Thanks for stopping by.
Come June and I joined a gym near home to get back in shape and of course for a healthy lifestyle. Cardio is something I really enjoy doing, but again everything needs to be done under supervision and based on the body type.
Great tips and best cardio exercises.
Thanks, Dipika 🙂
I like swimming amongst all you listed in this post. It worked wonders for me.I love swimming every season
Oh yes, swimming is fun
Walking has been my life saver.Its the only way I keep sane when I cant do anything else to workout.
That’s true, if nothing works walking still works
These are really great tips and as I am planning to stay fit with some exercise I will sure try your tips too!!
Much needed post, even I’m struggling to loose weight, I hope I can start cardio.
I earlier used to wall for 30 mins.
30 mins is a good time 🙂
My walking has come to a stand still bcz it the rainy season and the Mumbai rains can be horrible. But I have been doing cycling at home. I heard abt it in Dr. Jagnath Dixit’s interview once. That’s hopefully cardio much. Great post.
Even cycling at home counts as cardio 🙂
Never know that cycling and dancing add to the cardio exercise. Very helpful for beginners
Thank you 🙂
While many may refute Cardio as being an essential part of exercise I believe it needs to be incorporated into one’s daily routine.
Walking and swimming are great cardio exercises. Of course, as you have mentioned one needs to devise one’s own routine based on individual stamina levels and preferences, but these are all great starting points.
Glad you find it helpful 🙂
I have also gained a lot of weight post weaning my son and it high time I start some form of exercise indoors. This came right in time me Neha.. I shall check the Joanna Sohs workout, I think that shall help me started this monsoon
Joanna Soh is the best till date, you should definitely check out her workout videos.
Great tips for beginners! I live swimming and walking but need to be really consistent! Need to have a timed plan! Your blog motivated me enough re scheduling everything from today
Thank you 🙂
No! I have not been following my new year, quarter year or even half yearly resolution! I feel like crying! Thank you for this post! I will start again from tomorrow with some walking atleast! Hopefully I can increase the duration then!
Walking is the best to start with when thinking of getting on to some workout. I hope you get back to your resolutions.
Cardio is a great form of workout and it is really easy to do at home! I always try to spend some time walking and dancing every day!
Yes, that’s the fun part about cardio
I have some stubborn weight around my stomach and it sometimes make me look pregnant. I need to start some workout . Which exercises would you suggest?
I am not an expert to suggest something which I haven’t tried myself. I am still struggling to lose the extra flab from all parts of my body. I am still a beginner, you see 😀
3 kgs in 3 weeks .. isn’t that amazing! This is a pretty inspiring post for beginners to get started with. I like that you have kept it easy to begin with and effective too!
Ya it was an amazing feeling 🙂
Cardio exercises help to loose weight faster than normal exercises or walk. These cardios are great to be fit and healthy.
Thanks for stopping by
These exercises are literally good for us and cardio keeps us energetic and healthy.