Huffy puffy cardio – get it pumping
posted by Research Admin 1 on 14 February 2020
Diabetes New Zealand, February 2020
Great cardiovascular activity comes in all forms and there’s something for everyone at whatever level you are at. Diabetes Magazine columnist Craig Wise has these tips:
It can be an organised event such as ballroom dancing at the local hall or informal like chasing your children round the park and kicking a ball.
If you like running then run, if you don’t then don’t. (It’s that simple)
Often it’s not about finding the activity you love to do, most likely it’s about finding the one which you dislike the least. You never know you might discover a new passion.
Cardiovascular activity is about getting your heart rate up and so even those household chores can count towards your weekly activity minutes. Just as long as you’re getting some physical activity for 30 minutes a day, so you’re huffing and puffing but can still chat to friends while you’re working out.
Here are 50 activities/past-times and sports that you might like to explore to add some activity to your life. There are also a bit more explanation of some of the most popular.
Have a go – that’s what its all about. At least try number 20 … I bet you have forgotten how much fun it is.
2. Scrubbing floors
3. Cleaning the bathtub
4. Washing windows
6. Changing sheets
8. Heavy renovations (pulling carpet, knocking down walls, etc.)
9. Moving furniture
11. Cleaning the gutters
12. Washing the car
13. Mowing the lawn with a push mower
14. Shoveling snow 15. Sweeping the patio and paths
16. Cleaning out the garage
17. Heavy landscaping such as planting trees, shrubs and bushes
18. Playing with your children
19. Walking the dog / playing with the dog
20. Hula hooping
21. Skipping / jumping rope
22. Trampoline jumping (rebounding)
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
23. Cycling 24. Hiking / walking bush tracks
25. Skiing 26. Water skiing
28. Rock climbing
29. Running / jogging
30. Brisk walking
32. Paddling a canoe
33. Nordic walking
35. Paddle boarding
37. Ice skating
40. Yoga (Ashtanga and/or Vinyasa)
41. Dance lessons
42. Aqua aerobics
50. Martial arts