Cardio shreds body fat, accelerates metabolism, boosts blood circulation, and just makes you feel good overall!

When we talk about getting blood flowing, it’s cardio. And when we talk cardio, we’re talking some serious calorie-burning.

Aerobic exercise triggers the heart to work faster and generates great blood flow. The outcome: a river of oxygen gushing throughout the body, which over time, trains the body to make better use of oxygen.

It’s a tremendous workout with a lot of benefits! And we want you to know how to make the most of it.

Here are some specific exercises that can help maximize calorie burn the next time you get moving.

 

Treadmill Sprint Intervals

The New York lifestyle can be stop and go, but it’s mostly go. This concept, actually, works really well on a treadmill.

The stop and go of sprint intervals will increase the amount of the calories you burn.

A steady pace is great, but what will really push your limits is alternating between all-out effort, followed by short periods of moderate grind. Once you get in 60 seconds of recovery time, shift into the next gear and push yourself again and remind yourself it’s go time!

 

Go for a Swim

Even if you don’t use internal sprints, swimming is an incredible, non-impact activity.

Legs, arms, back, shoulders and everything else really gets to work when you go for a dip. Because so many muscles are involved, swimming is one of the top-rated cardio exercises you can perform.

And yes, the type of swim stroke matters. The butterfly will always burn more calories, but don’t shy away from a little freestyle because all swimming is good cardio.

 

Row to Burn

They say don’t skip leg day for a reason! That might be because the legs contain large muscles that allow you to burn a whole lot of calories.

Rowing requires leg strength and the use of nine major muscle groups. By keeping the intensity high, a rowing session can be the ultimate calorie-eliminating exercise.

 

Jogging

If you’re not quite ready for interval sprints, jump on the treadmill for a jog instead.

As a top-calorie burning activity, jogging requires a lot energy use. As your body expends the necessary energy to move, it’ll burn more calories than other exercises.

Make the most of your day at the gym by starting and ending on a treadmill – your body will thank you later.

 

Burpees

Whether you’re in front of the curtain mirrors, or getting an early-morning workout in at home, burpees will challenge you.

That’s because when you are performing this exercise you’re engaging the entire body. Squatting, kicking, jumping and pushing up will take its toll quickly.

This full-body workout means a lot of muscles are engaged, making for a high-intensity workout that is sure to burn calories.

Ready to take your workout to the next level? Then be sure to visit one of our New York gyms.