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November 10, 2023

‘Cosy cardio’ TikTok fitness trend: Everything you need to know

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If the thought of sweating it out in a crowded and loud gym sounds like hell to you, then perhaps cosy cardio is more your speed.

Popularised by influencer Hope Zuckerbrow, the idea of cosy cardio is all about making exercise enjoyable and accessible.

In her TikTok videos, which have gained 34 million likes, Zuckerbrow walks on a walking pad in her living room while watching TV, sipping on an iced coffee, with mood lighting in the background.

It certainly looks like a great way to exercise – but does cosy cardio actually work?

Watch the video above.

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Cosy cardio

Zuckerbrow told CNN that she initially followed high-intensity exercise plans in traditional gyms to lose over 50kg. But after putting half of that weight back on, she didn’t want to go back to intense workouts.

“I realised I needed to heal my relationship with exercise,” Zuckerbrow said. “Exercise wasn’t fun anymore, and I was only moving to lose weight, not to feel good or be healthy. I wanted to spark joy when it came to movement.”

And so, cosy cardio was born.

In theory, it’s a great way to get your body moving, particularly if you’re not comfortable in a gym. 

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“The best workout plan is one you can stick to,” says personal trainer and expert on wellness app Anni, Odhran McCorry, told 9Honey Coach.

That’s the beauty of cozy cardio. It’s far easier to get up and walk on your treadmill while watching TV than to drag yourself to the gym before work.

“Having worked with thousands of people to get to sustainable transformations, I can tell you the main key to success is consistency,” explains McCorry.

“If you can’t see yourself doing it in a year, it isn’t sustainable. You are simply making it harder for yourself to keep the results long-term versus something you enjoy.”

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McCorry explains that at-home workouts like cosy cardio are great for anyone who suffers from ‘gymtimidation’.

“Everyone has some intimidation in the gym – even those who are ‘experienced’,” he says.

“Where most people go wrong, is they turn their intimidation for the gym into a fear that everyone is looking at them or judging them, when that couldn’t be further from the truth.”

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“The best thing you can do is show up, because the only way to get comfortable in the scenario is to be in there. You’ll quickly find no one is judging you and everyone is there simply to better themselves.”

“The best plan is the one you can stick to long term and be consistent with,” says McCorry. “It doesn’t matter if that is CozyCardio, Peloton, Crossfit or your local gym. Make it fun, make it regular and make it yours.”

The issue with cosy cardio, though, is that you need to be constantly bumping up your workouts to see progress.

“The goal of any training session you do has to be about improving and pushing yourself to do better than before, because that is how we force the body to adapt and make changes,” says McCorry.

So if your cosy cardio involves walking at a steady pace for 30 minutes every day, you won’t see any improvement.

Hope Zuckerbrow told CNN that as she got used to her cosy cardio plan, she started doing longer sessions on her walking pad, at faster speeds.

She also started replacing some of her walks with gym sessions, as she got more comfortable with exercise.

In reality, though many people enter into workout plans with specific goals or dates in mind, fitness shouldn’t be a short-term thing.

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A woman doing yoga at home

It’s about finding ways to ease yourself in, get comfortable with moving your body, and progress from there.

For those suffering from gymtimidation, it’s perfectly fine to start your journey in your lounge room, with cosy cardio or YouTube yoga videos.

This is the idea behind Anni. It’s an Australian-based app designed to connect people with experts, like McCorry, to deliver advice without you having to fork over hundreds of dollars, or even leave home.

The free-to-access platform offers experts who give advice on all things beauty, wellness, fitness, parenting, dating and sexual health. Sessions start at $30 per 15 minutes.

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