Cardio doesn’t have to be done at the track, nor do you need to use fancy equipment at the gym. There are plenty of ways you can do cardio in the comfort of your own home. The same old cardio every day can not only quickly become boring, but can also become ineffective as your body gets used to doing it. In order to keep your body changing for the better, you need to give it new challenges. Here are a few new cardio exercises you can try at home to whip your body into better shape.
This can be a very liberating way to lose weight. Make sure to pick upbeat music to dance to and keep your feet moving. Consider a video that requires you to try new moves that will challenge your body.
Plyometrics can be old school or new school but all are effective ways to get the heart pumping. Jump squats, butt kicks, jumping jacks, and split lunges are examples of plyometrics. You can do this is any room of the house because it doesn’t require a lot of space.
This one is cheating a little because it isn’t actually a type of cardio but a method that you can use with any cardio activity you choose. It involves going at a higher intensity for a designated period of time followed by a short period of rest. It’s hard to get bored doing this when you mix and match your cardio. For example, you could skip for 30 seconds as fast as you can, rest for 10, do jump squats for 30 seconds and rest for 10, sprint for 30 seconds and rest for 10. Repeat this cycle as many times as you like!
There are so many different ways to skip and since you will be working your arms to swing the rope, your legs to jump and getting your heart rate up all at the same time, the benefits are great.
This workout will make you feel fearless! The punching and kicking will get your heart rate flying and build total body muscle. Another great thing that kickboxing is known for is its ability to sculpt your abs. Sounds like a winner!
This is a fun and exhilarating workout. You can use your own little workout trampoline inside the house or for a bigger adventure, take a turn in the backyard with the kids. Make funny poses while you are in the air and have fun!
These next three aren’t exactly done at home but they don’t need to be done in the gym. These will get you out of the house and into the fresh air and get your heart pumping.
This is great cardio and you never have to sweat! The best thing about this choice is the low impact side of it. It is perfect for those who are worried about their joints. A lot of people also say that swimming is therapeutic. Do some laps at your local swimming pool or find a lake or pond nearby that is clean enough and warm enough.
You might thinking that hiking isn’t really cardio but you can make it so if you do it right. All you need is to push the limits a little. Find a trail that is going uphill and is challenging enough with plenty of obstacles. If you don’t have one nearby that is challenging, make your own obstacles. Jump over a stick 20 times every time you find one bigger than 2 inches wide or do jumping jacks for 30 seconds every time you see a certain flower. Make a game out of it!
This cardio is great for the butt and thighs and it burns major calories. Make sure to find clean, smooth pavement to avoid any falls and wear a helmet and protective gear for your elbows and knees. You wouldn’t want to feel like a child with a scrapped knee.