With the gyms closing their doors during the Coronavirus pandemic, many people are doing their best to get their exercise done at home. Whilst weights and resistance workouts and fairly easy to do from the comfort of your own home, cardio is something that many often struggle to do without the proper equipment. Cardio workouts are vital for your overall health and wellbeing, and there are plenty of ways to incorporate this exercise without a treadmill or cross-trainer. These are our best at home cardio workouts;
Burpees are dreaded by many but are one of the best ways to really raise your heart rate. You don’t need any equipment and they only take a short amount of time. To do a burpee, swap between a planking position and jumping forward into the air. Keep your hands flat on the ground and your back straight. In just 10 minutes, you can burn over 100 calories at home. We recommend starting slow and progressively working your way up to 10 minutes or more to avoid injury.
Bring back childhood memories with this favourite at home cardio workout. Similar to burpees, doing jumping jacks for just 10 minutes can burn around 100 calories and get your heart rate pumping. With no equipment necessary and just a small space needed, you can perform jumping jacks anywhere at any time.
Another great cardio exercise that you can do from the comfort of your home is squat jumps. As the name suggests, you start out in a squat position and jump up, trying to get as high in the air as possible, before landing back in a squat. It is a high impact exercise, especially on the knees, so be careful as a beginner or if you are suffering a knee injury.
Stair workouts can help you to build strength and power in your lower body and get the heart rate pumping. Test yourself with mini intervals by alternating between a forward stair run and sideways stair run. If you don’t have a set of stairs in your home, just a single step is enough for stepping exercises.
Jump rope is considered one of the best cardio workouts around and is used by many athletes for cross training. You can do it almost anywhere and only need a jump rope, which making it a perfect at home cardio workout. Jumping rope for just 20 minutes, can burn around 220 calories. Whilst 20 minutes might not sound like much, we recommend you build yourself up to it over time.
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