Get in shape fast with these simple cardio workouts and tips
Up your intensity
Short on time? Quick bursts of high intensity interval training (HIIT) can bestow all the benefits of prolonged exercise – and more. Whether you favour the treadmill, the bike or the rowing machine, PT James King presents the HIIT routines you need to get superfit without spending hours in the gym.
Training outside in cold weather might not seem the most appealing prospect, but the fitness benefits gleaned from braving the UK’s winter chill are superlative. Get out there.
Squash your routine
Squash burns 10% more calories than any other sport. And the workouts squash players tend to adopt aren’t exactly easy-going, either. Try this rumble circuit, from world number one Nick Matthew, to build elite fitness.
A fit man’s best friend
Dog-owners are 77% more likely to get sufficient physical activity in comparison to pooch-less people, according to an Australian study of 1813 adults. Intrigued? Here’s our guide to why the right pet really can be man’s best (fitness) friend.
Want to burn close to a thousand calories while sitting on your posterior? It’s called the rowing machine, dear boy. Use it right and lifelong fitness will be yours.
Walk it up
Something as simple as a daily amble during your lunch break can do incredible things for your fitness and health. Discover the long and short terms benefits of putting one foot in front of the other with our comprehensive guide.
Hit the park
Looking for a good place to zip through your body weight routine outside? The park is an ideal environment, with benches and the climbing frame, for instance, doubling as exercise equipment, says Barbara Duff, of Agile Fitness in London.
Listening to the right tunes can cut your perceived effort by 10%, according to research from Brunel University. Whatever your fitness goal, MH has a scientifically-formulated playlist that will give your workout a crucial boost.
Join the army
There’s few better remedies for a bout of exercise apathy than a large dose of British Military Fitness drills. On your feet, soldier.
Around three quarters of fitness regimes fall by the wayside within a couple of years of your first wheezing jog. Keep your motivation levels topped up with these tips from exercise psychologist Dr Jim Amnesi.