Hate Treadmills? 5 Ways To Still Get Your Cardio On

young woman jumping ropeIf you’re the type who’d do almost anything else besides a 30-minute gym run, these alternatives are for you. Here are other ways to reap the same calorie-burning benefits without a seemingly boring run.

Try a different machine

Think your cardio only comes from the treadmill? Think again. Raise your heart rate with another machine at the gym. Try a spinning class to burn major calories, check out the row machine for an all-body workout, or go full-force on the elliptical. Each of these will burn major calories while being less hard on your legs and knees.

Intervals

Many people say they hate the treadmill because it’s boring and don’t think that they can run for a long time. High-intensity intervals help in both these cases. And you don’t have to stick to the treadmill. Bundle up with your favorite cold-weather running gear and hit the trails, and alternate your vigorous runs with jogging.

Supersets

Out of time? Kill two fat-blasting birds with one stone by supersetting your strength training workouts. Doing each exercise set in quick succession keeps your heart rate up, meaning you’re getting your cardio while also building muscle.

Jumping rope

There’s a lot to love about jumping for fitness. Jumping rope requires little room and just a small investment, but it’s got a big calorie-burning payoff: Just 10 minutes of jumping rope (at a quick pace) can burn 132 calories. And it’s travel-friendly, so you can fit in a sweat session even if there’s no treadmill in sight.

Cardio classes

There’s a reason why there was never a treadmill craze as big as the Zumba or kickboxing trends that swept the world. Going to a fitness class can make working out fun—so fun that you look forward to it instead of dreading it. And since some classes, like Zumba, are easy for beginners to enjoy and can burn about 500 calories in just one session, they be an optimal choice for those who hate to run.

The 10 Traits Of Highly Successful Relationships

couple making pizzaThere are many different relationship styles. And there are many different relationship problems. But filtering through all of this, relationship experts have identified ten characteristics of the most successful relationships.

These qualities are integral parts of a healthy relationship foundation and, many times, can increase the chances of weathering unavoidable relationship storms.

Friendship: Couples who have a strong friendship have staying power. They not only love each other but genuinely like each other as people. They enjoy hanging out together. They might even consider each other their “best friend.”

Humor: Partners who can make each other laugh tend to be good at de-escalating conflicts when they do arise. It’s the great mood lightener. I’ve noticed the use of funny nicknames can be an indicator of great fondness for one another. The names often stem from a “you had to be there” moment from the beginning of their relationship.

Communication: As obvious as this may seem, many couples are not very good at it. Those who are able to openly express their feelings in an emotionally safe environment typically deal with situations as they come up and avoid burying frustrations which always have a way of coming out at some point.

Chore Sharing: Those who divvy up the household or parenting responsibilities in a way that is mutually agreed upon way are less likely to hold resentments about what they perceive as “unfair.” Each participates (albeit maybe begrudgingly) and both contribute to the relationship in this way.

Sexual Intimacy: Couples who have their sexual needs met or at least have negotiated a reasonable compromise if their levels of need aren’t compatible, feel taken care of by the other. Some are highly active, engaging in lovemaking multiple times a week and others are content with far less. There is no “right” or “wrong” amount. However, often times a negotiation is needed to make sure no one feels neglected by the other.

Affection: Partners who stay in physical contact in some way throughout the day have appeared to be the happiest ones. These moments don’t need to necessarily lead to sexual intimacy but are rather easy ways to say, “I love you,” without the words. These moments can be invaluable, especially these days when everyone seems to be racing around to get “somewhere.” Whether it’s a hug, kiss, swat on the rear, tussle of the hair or a sit on the lap, these acts of affection keep couples connected when life gets crazy.

No “Horsemen of the Apocalypse”: This is a term coined by a famous couples researcher named John Gottman who claims to be able to predict divorce with incredible accuracy. His “four horsemen of the apocalypse” are criticism, contempt, defensiveness and stonewalling. His research has shown that couples who demonstrate a high level of these in their relationships are in big trouble.

Mutual and Separate Friends: Partners who socialize with other couples and also maintain separate friendships have greater balance in regards to honoring themselves as individuals, within the relationship. This leads to more self satisfaction which translates to relationship satisfaction.

Relationship Vision: It’s interesting the number of couples I’ve seen who don’t seem to have the big picture of their relationship in mind. Where do they see themselves in ten year? What are their relationship goals? Couples who have created a relationship vision for themselves know where they’re going as they’ve planned it together. They get joy out of reaching for their goals as a team and are less likely to be derailed by surprises down the line.