Let's face it: it's not all the time that you have the money to renew your gym membership. If you can no longer justify the spend, bookmark this 30-minute cardio workout by POPSUGAR.

All you need are workout clothes and the will to live because this isn't easy, but at least it's free, right? For a bit of motivation, here are a few of the good things that cardio can do for you:

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Burn calories

Feeling a bit guilty about having that large order of burger, fries, and soda for lunch today? Cardio can help kickstart your metabolism and burn all those excess calories.

Strengthen your heart

Your heart is a muscle, which means you have to exercise it to strengthen it. Get those beats-per-minute up with cardio exercises like running or skipping rope 20 to 30 minutes a day.

Build muscle

If you easily get bored by the usual gym workouts, try dancing. It can burn fat fast and help you get lean and mean--plus you'll get to enjoy a new hobby, too!

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With additional reporting by Charlene J. Owen

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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