Fancy equipment and gym memberships aren’t necessary for doing cardio. You don’t even need good weather! It’s all about making use of the space that you have. With these five easy cardio exercises, you can exercise your heart at home.
5 Easy Cardio Exercises To Do At Home
1. Running In Place
This super simple exercise will get your heart pumping! Just be sure to stretch before starting. This will reduce the risk of injury. To begin, place your arms in a natural running position. Begin picking up your feet, alternating left and right. Make sure to “run” on the balls of your feet. Start by doing this for 30 minutes straight and slowly increase over time.
Reps: 30 to 60 minutes
2. Jumping Jacks
Start by standing with your feet next to each other. Place your arms at your sides. Bend your knees and jump. While in the air, extend your legs beyond shoulder-width. At the same time, raise your hands upward so that they touch. Jump back into starting position to finish one rep.
Lie down on the floor. If it feels uncomfortable, lay on top of a mat. Bend your knees and keep your feet flat. For an extra challenge, lift your feet off of the floor. Next, place your hands behind your neck. Use your stomach muscles to lift your shoulders upward. Keep looking at the ceiling so you don’t get neck strain. Slowly lower yourself down to complete one rep.
4. Squat Jumps
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Bend your knees to form a 90-degree angle. Make sure your buttocks doesn’t drop down. Instead, keep it straight out behind you. This is the starting squat position. You can keep your hands behind your neck or straight out. Now, jump! If your hands are behind your neck, keep them there. Otherwise, rotate them back while you’re in the air. Land in the original squat pose to finish a rep.
Reps: 10 to 15
5. Front Kicks
Again, stand up straight and place your feet shoulder-width apart. Form your hands into fists and bring them up to your shoulders. You should kind of look like a boxer! Next, bend the right knee. Lift it up so that it’s parallel with your waist. Now extend your right leg, kicking out in front of you. Bend the knee once more and bringing it back to starting position. Repeat on the other side.
Stay safe by working out in a clear space. It should be free of items, furniture, and pets! With time and patience, your heart will be healthy and happy.