What are easy ways to get cardio fitness in 5 times a week or more?
It depends on what you mean by "easy." Whether it’s easy or difficult is a matter of individual perspective. Some consider a half-mile walk onerous; others consider a ten-mile run exhilarating. Try to look at your exercise program as fun, not drudgery.
Let’s look at some of the best ways to attain cardiovascular fitness. Swimming is terrific. It uses all the muscles of your body, and water’s buoyancy helps prevent stress injuries to the ankles and knees.
Cross-country skiing is also great. If you don’t live in an area that has snow, try a cross-country skiing machine.
Rope skipping fits the bill too. Nearly all top boxers use it to help them last the full twelve rounds of their fights. It is cheap, convenient, portable and extremely effective.
Bicycling is good for cardiovascular development, but only works the lower part of the body, and can be damaging to your back as you lean forward to cut down on wind resistance. I am a long-distance unicyclist, and we keep our backs straight during our runs. The advantage over bicyling is that by using your upper body for balance, it too gets an aerobic workout.
Aerobic dancing is also a terrific overall cardiovascular exercise. There is no reason to not have fun with this. Turn on your favorite music and take it at your own pace. You will find yourself naturally increasing that pace as you continue doing it regularly.
Please choose among the list for something that you can enjoy. As long as you have fun with something, you will continue doing it. Too many failed exercise programs can be traced to lack of having a good time with it.