No matter how healthy all the cardiovascular exercises are portrayed by your gym trainer to be, it’s high time that you admit your aversion towards it. Don’t lie to yourself, okay. If you’re reading this article, then you do hate cardio exercises and you’re looking for a shortcut. 

Well, lucky for you, because we’ve curated a list of some of the best exercises that will render all the benefits that a man’s cardio exercise would. So, without further discussion, let’s get right to the point.

However, before we begin with the litany of some of the amazing exercises, let’s understand the benefits of cardio. 

What are the benefits of cardio designed for men?

  • Boosts energy:

Cardiovascular exercise is known for giving a great boost of energy that persists throughout the day. More often than not, people need a glass of coffee or energy drinks to stay alert. You can replace them with cardio workouts, as the drinks can turn out to be unhealthy if consumed excessively. Therefore, it’s better to start the day with a cardio workout. This will release the endorphins in your body and boost your energy level. 

  • Escalates weight loss:

A cardio exercise is a great way to escalate your weight loss process. It will help you slim down faster because it burns fat and loses calories easier than other exercises. If you do a cardio HIIT session, you burn hundreds of calories every day. Be that as it may, if you want to focus on weight loss, you also need to work on your diet as it is one of the vital components. 

  • Increases lung capacity:

More often than not, one of the many reasons you hate cardio is because your lungs are tired by the time you reach the middle of the session and it gets tough to breathe. Regardless of how difficult it becomes to breathe, try to push yourself to do more, by taking some breaks in the middle. This way you’re improving the capacity of the lungs by pushing the breathing ability. 

  • Improves the health of your heart:

In addition to improving your lung capacity, doing cardio exercises such as running or HIIT workouts, your heart is also strengthened. The exercises help in accelerating the heart rate, which improves the overall blood circulation throughout the body. And the heart being one of the most vital organs of your body, strengthening and improving its functionality, is pretty important. 

With that said, let’s highlight some simple but effective cardio exercises that can be done by anyone and render similar benefits as a HIIT session would. 

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4 effective man’s cardio exercises that you can do:

1. Rucking:

Ever heard of this interesting and exciting exercise? Rucking is one of the best muscle man’s cardio exercises that can be done by anybody. It’s simple, easy and extremely fun to do. For this exercise, what you have to do is, wear a backpack filled with some heavy equipment and walk. That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less.

Just carry the backpack on your shoulders and walk. The roots of rucking find their origin in the military where soldiers were asked to backpack or rucksack. Their bags were filled with some heavy equipment and provisions. They were asked to carry these bags and walk for hours and sometimes even days. Sometimes, these soldiers would have to carry bags that weigh no less than 100 pounds. 

You don’t have to carry out such intense training. All you have to do is carry a slightly heavy bag and start walking. Rucking has become an extremely fun activity among civilians as well. Thousands of people club together and walk around with a heavy backpack, simultaneously doing things like push-ups and carrying logs. Phew! That’s tough. If you don’t want to do that, it’s alright. 

You can start small and work your ways upwards. Apart from physically strengthening you, rucking also hones your mental capabilities as you have to continuously strengthen your will to take that one step. 

2. Boxing or kickboxing:

To do boxing, you don’t have to even step out of your house. Just enlighten yourself on different types of kicks, shuffling motions, punches and you’re good to punch the pillow, wall or whatever works for you. Kickboxing is a fun way to strengthen your upper and lower body muscles. Not only that but it’s also a good way to relieve your stress, aggression or frustration.  

If you want to make it more interesting, you can create a combination of crosses and kicks. This can be your personalised workout sequence. 

3. Battle Ropes:

Battle ropes can be considered as one of the most essential tall man’s cardio exercises as it helps in strengthening your shoulder and arm muscles, apart form, keeping your heart rate up. 

You can start by placing your feet hip-width apart, your knees should be bent and your core must be tight. Now, hold the ropes at your hip level and raise your left arm to hip level. Remember all this time, your knees should be bent. 

As you raise your left arm to your eye level, you need to push your right arm back. This will create a wave-like motion in the ropes. Continue to do so. Along with this motion, step your left foot towards your right side. Then return to the original position. Carry on with the process on the opposite leg.

4. Callisthenics:

Callisthenics can be considered a part of an old man’s cardio routine as it involves little equipment for strengthening and honing your fitness. A calisthenic routine can be done anywhere; be it in your office or your room. 

However, if you do want to expand the variety of moves, you can move to a wider space like an outdoor park or even register yourself at a gym. If you’re planning for a full calisthenic workout, you must focus on upper and lower body muscles.

These are some of the simple and easy man’s cardio exercises that do not conform to the conventional cardio workout routine. Try any of them and you’ll realise how fun it is!