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Top 10 alternatives to brisk walking

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Brisk walking is a great form of moderate aerobic exercise, but if it’s not for you, here are our top 10 activities that will also give your heart a work out.

  1. Cycling

Whether you are cycling in a city, or grinding up countryside hills, you will be reaping great cardio benefits. You could make it a day out and involve the whole family, or have more intense sessions on your own, in a spin class or out with a cycling club.

  1. Swimming

Swimming is the perfect physical activity for people of all ages and fitness levels. It’s an excellent way to improve your cardiovascular health. It’s ideal for people with physical issues or injuries because it allows them to get the benefits of exercise in a supported environment.

  1. Dancing

Dancing helps build stamina, strength and muscle tone. It’s also fun! Examples of popular group dances are salsa, swing, hip-hop, ballroom and line dancing.

  1. Running

The physical health benefits of running include improved cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, a decrease in body fat, improvement in lung capacity and increased flexibility.

  1. Pilates

Pilates is a good way to achieve a strong core and helps you to relax. Pilates also helps focuses on rebalancing the body and improving posture.

  1. Squash

This very fast, stop-start game will give you a challenging aerobic workout. It's a great sport to do to increase your fitness and speed, as well as relieving stress.

  1. Badmington

Another fast game that requires several different components of fitness: balance, flexibility, hand/eye co-ordination, endurance and speed.

  1. Rowing

Once you’ve mastered the correct technique, this low impact exercise can have benefits for the whole body with high impact benefits for your heart.

  1. Yoga

Often associated with relaxation, yoga may not spring to mind for a cardio workout, but don’t be fooled, there are many types of yoga poses that will get your heart pumping.

  1. House and garden work

We’re not talking about a light flicking a duster of course – but some vigorous house work, like hoovering, sweeping and scrubbing will all help towards your goal of a healthy heart.

No matter what age we are, it’s important for us to exercise regularly. The NHS recommends that adults aged 19-64 should do at least 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic activity. If you have a question related to exercise, you can ask one of our experts or join in one of our regular live chats.

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