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The Best Outdoor Cardio Exercises To Get Toned Fast, Trainer Says

Take your cardio routine outside with these fresh exercises.
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Besides strength training, one activity you should be doing regularly in order to lose fat and get toned is cardio. Other than improving your endurance and heart health, cardio helps increase your daily activity, while burning calories in a quick manner. The problem with cardio for many people, though, is that it can feel like a total drag when you think you need to put in endless hours working out on a treadmill, elliptical, or exercise bike. But, the best outdoor cardio exercises prove that's just not the case at all.

If you dread the monotony and the thought of doing cardio inside a gym, or even in your home, you're not alone. We have just the solutions for you—and they take place outside in the fresh air. Besides running, here are the best trainer-approved outdoor cardio exercises you can do to get toned fast. Add these activities into your routine ASAP. Read on to learn more, and next, check out The 6 Best Exercises for Strong and Toned Arms in 2022, Trainer Says.

Hill Runs

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Hill runs are an incredible tool to burn fat and improve your anaerobic conditioning. They can be done as a standalone workout or a finisher after a long steady-state cardio run.

Find a hill in your local community that you can run up. You'll start at the base, and sprint uphill as fast as you can until you reach the very top. Once you're all the way up, turn back around, and walk down slow and steady to where you started. Get your heart rate down, and catch your breath. Then, repeat for 3 to 5 rounds.

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Stair Climbs

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Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.

Find an area in your local neighborhood or city where there's a high set of stairs that you can run up and down. Run your way up to the top, then head back down (carefully). Rest and catch your breath for a minute, if needed, before performing another set. Depending on the length of the stairs, aim for 8 to 10 rounds. This should take you between 15 to 20 minutes.


cyclist woman feet riding mountain bike on trail

If you're an outdoors person and really enjoy riding your bike, then an awesome way to get some quality cardio in is by going for a long bike ride in the great outdoors. Find a route in your area, and conquer it! And if you want more of a challenge, select a trail or route with hills for you to climb, and get going.

Related: The Secret To Running Your Way To A Toned Body, Trainer Says

Jump Rope

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Start by grabbing the rope, and have your hands just outside of your hips. Flick the rope with your wrists, and jump up as the rope passes through your feet. Continuously move for the prescribed time interval. If you haven't jumped rope in a while, practice for longer. If you're just getting into jumping rope, you can set a timer for 5 to 10 minutes, and get in as many sets as you can.

Tim Liu, C.S.C.S.
Tim Liu, CSCS, is an online fitness and nutrition coach based in Los Angeles Read more about Tim
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