Running is the ultimate go-anywhere cardio workout. You don't need a gym membership or purchase expensive equipment. All you need is a good pair of shoes and the open road, trail or sidewalk.
If you're new to fitness, all you need to do is put one foot in front of the other. Walk if you have to. Eventually walking will turn into jogging. Then that jog will become a run. But the path to become a strong runner doesn't end there.
You can run faster or further. You can compete in a 5K or marathon. Or, maybe you're simply looking to get in shape or maintain your weight. Whether you're aiming to improve your health or your half-marathon time, this guide to cardio workouts will help you reach your goal.
The Social Run
Believe it or not, running can be fun. Running with friends is the perfect way to exercise and socialize. Join a running group or form one of your own. Take the kids and the dog along with you on your runs. During a social run the time and distance isn't a huge concern. Simply getting out there is what matters.
The Tempo Run
Now we're starting to get serious. If you're training for a 5K or a half-marathon, you need to incorporate tempo runs into your routine to help you maintain a strong pace. This is when you try to push your limits and maintain a consistent pace for the duration of your run. A heart rate monitor can help you establish and track your pace. Or, you can use a talk test to gauge your effort. If you can carry on a conversation during your run, you can still pick up your speed. If you're breathing is hard, you might want to slow down to a more sustainable pace.