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What Counts as Cardio?

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    Skipping rope

    It burns more calories per minute than just about any other type of aerobic exercise.

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    Running around the yard playing with the dog

    All that chasing really gets little heart rates up.

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    Splashing and kicking in the kiddie pool

    Swimming helps build flexibility, endurance, and muscle strength (water adds 12 times more resistance than air).

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    Jumping in a bouncy house

    Yes, it's super fun, but it's also good aerobic and resistance exercise that improves balance.

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    Dancing in the living room

    Not as high-energy or high-impact as running, but it does get a kid's whole body moving.

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    Riding a tricycle

    It gives legs a good strength- and endurance-building workout.

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    Digging for worms

    It really is exercise, thanks to all the squatting, standing, and arm work involved.