Most of my guys despise cardiovascular exercise. They’d rather hit the weights with a meathead workout than spend what seems like an eternity on the elliptical.
Though aerobic exercise can be boring, it helps to keep the heart healthy and stave off heart disease, the leading cause of death in men. In fact, men suffer heart attacks on average ten years earlier than women, and most of them are sudden cardiac incidents. 50% of men who have died from a heart attack exhibited no previous symptoms. (Source)
Being overweight can contribute to the development of heart disease as well. Because the heart has to work harder in people that carry more weight than those who are slim, there is undue strain on the heart of an overweight person.
Look, I’m not a huge fan of the elliptical either, so I want to share some great ways men (or anyone, for that matter) to ‘work it out’ without stepping foot on the treadmill. Circuit training or cardiovascular conditioning workouts are perfect for the guy who’s ‘too cool for school.’
SKOOG’S LOVEHANDLE WORKOUT
**BEFORE EACH WORKOUT, WARMUP 5 MINUTES & STRETCH**
Choose 1 exercise from each list to comprise a circuit of 5 exercises. Repeat the circuit 3-5 times with minimal rest. **If you have time, choose a second set of 5 exercises and repeat the same instructions as above.
CARDIO OPTIONS (1-5 Minutes):
Spin Bike Sprints
Run in Place with High Knees
PUSH OPTIONS (10-20 reps):
Pushup with variation:
-with side plank
-plyo pushups (with a clap)
Overhead Shoulder Press
-with heavy medicine ball tossed overhead against wall
PULL OPTIONS (10-20 reps):
Straight Arm Lat Pulldown
LEGS (10-20 reps)
Plank on elbows
-on decline bench
-on floor or decline bench
Medicine Ball Oblique Twist
Standing Side Bends with Dumbbell
You get the idea. The key here is, dear reader, to elevate the heart rate, mix it up and bring the body out of its comfort level several times during each workout.
GO GET IT!