Imagine softly dimmed lighting, the soothing scent of incense, the gentle glow of flickering candles. Now, imagine your typically intense daily cardio but in this serene environment.
Welcome to “cosy cardio”, the latest fitness trend sweeping TikTok, turning the typically intense setting of a high-intensity workout into a snug, relaxing atmosphere.
The brainchild of TikToker Hope Zuckerbrow, who made 5am cosy walking sessions with a coffee a part of her daily routine, it’s out with booming music, crowded classes and loud instructors, and in with pure cosiness. Let’s find out what all the fuss is about.
What Exactly is Cosy Cardio?
Cosy cardio is a low-impact exercise that you can perform in the comfort of your own home. It's perfect for those who prefer to be wrapped up warmly indoors rather than braving the outdoors or a crowded gym. It’s for this reason that the trend has gained traction.
How Effective is It?
According to UK-based personal trainer Amy Golby, cosy cardio can have many benefits despite its lack of intensity.
"Working out for at least 30 minutes a day can help to reduce stress and boost feel-good hormones, alongside many other benefits.
"There’s always a place for low-impact cardio, for those who have injuries or want a low impact on your joints.
“You can get an extremely good workout from bodyweight exercises, from walking to simple exercises such as press-ups, dips, or squats."
What Does a Cosy Cardio Routine Look Like?
Amy says the best way to incorporate cosy cardio into your daily routine is to begin your day with it. Take up to 10 minutes to warm up before transitioning to your main workout.
"For those who have a treadmill, use a variety of speeds over the 30 minutes and inclines, if you have that function working, and for two minutes at a fast or higher incline before slowing for one minute. Then cool down for five to 10 minutes."
Don't have a piece of equipment handy? A simple bodyweight circuit for 60 seconds on each exercise in a controlled manner will do. Amy recommends squats, triceps dips, reverse lunges, press-ups and stair climbs: "Take one to two minutes to recover and repeat the circuit four to five times."
Take Home Message
Whether you're a seasoned fitness enthusiast or a beginner just starting your journey, embracing “cosy cardio” as a part of your daily routine offers a gentle yet effective way to stay fit and boost your wellbeing, all from the comfort of your own space.
So set the mood with some flickering candles and burning incense, and rekindle your love for moving your body.
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