I bet you’re surprised this wasn’t first on my list of self-care ideas. It’s definitely an essential one, but not a daily occurrence like writing and hydrating are for me. Although my goal is to workout 5 days a week, I try to get sweaty (get my cardio on) at least 2-3 times a week. The other 2-3 days are usually strength training type workouts. Depending on the day, most of my workouts are between 20-50 minutes.
Getting your sweat on has so many benefits but for me the biggest ones are:
- Heart health (hopefully increasing my life expectancy)
- Metabolism booster (takes or keeps the weight off)
- Induces natural endorphins (makes me feel good)
Just writing these three things down helps relieve some of the #momguilt I feel when I workout. I might have to read this blog each time I head to the gym – a good reminder that self-care keeps you happy and healthy.
I thought I’d share a few of my favorite cardio workouts with you that will get you sweaty in no time.
FREE Quick Cardio Circuit
- You can find this FREE quick and effective workout and others like it on my Pinterest Boards. This workout should take you 10-20 minutes depending on how many rounds you do.
2. Cardio Drills
Cardio Drills is probably the most popular workout from my 4th Trimester Workout. Yes, it has modifications for moms in postnatal recovery, but it also has advanced options for when you’re ready. This makes it a great fat-burning workout for any mom, no matter how long ago you’ve had a baby. Workout for just 23 minutes and build your cardio endurance with a combo of cardio intervals and active recovery. Shop HERE.
3. Sweat Cardio: Pop, Rock & Drop
For me, this is my most fun workout. It’s under 40 minutes, and you’ll perform fat-burning cardio drills consisting of moves inspired by the dance club, rock ‘n roll and break dancing. You do NOT need to know how to dance to do this workout, although it will bring out any sort of inner dance you may have inside of you. Shop HERE.
4. Sweat Box: Punch, Kick & Core
In Sweat Box, you alternate between boxing drills and core exercises in Tabata-inspired intervals (20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest) to give you a metabolic burn and core blast. You’ll get sweaty and work your abs in 45-minutes. Shop HERE.
5. Sweat Sport (for Pregnancy)
In a quick 30 minutes, you’ll perform sports drills in a cardio session with modifications for all stages of pregnancy.
What are your favorite ways to get sweaty? Share in the comments below.