Cardio exercise is all about burning fat and getting your heart pumping. Of course there are those professional women who swear they get the same kind of workout being plugged into the bustling corporate world and running from meeting to meeting while trying to balance the rigors of family life. Although admirable, today’s executive needs to be sure they put aside the time to work out on their own, the proper way.
More conventional methods had these women trying to set aside the time to actually go to a gym, but there is another route that allows you to stay home and get a great cardio exercise with none of the expensive gym equipment.
The first thing you need to remember when you find a few minutes to switch over from the power suit to the comfortable sweats and tee shirt is a cardio workout from home isn’t about cutting corners. This fitness tip begins at the same starting point as any other responsible workouts… with a complete warm-up.
Effective choices like marching in place should be followed by step ups for two minutes each to make sure you’re limbering up for the other exercises that are to come.
Jumping rope for an additional two minutes is optional, but whatever combination you decide on, make sure you have a proper carpet or rug underneath you. That will save on any unnecessary noise complaints from downstairs neighbors and undue stress on your joints and feet.
Home Cardio Routine
Next, you’re ready for the workout itself. Even though there’s no equipment involved, you want to make sure you’re getting your heart rate up. That means starting out with jumping jacks and/or cross jacks for the first two minutes.
Adding the front kick with planks is a great exercise that can be done anywhere.
With your feet together and arms up, bring the right knee up and preform a front kick. Next, get down on the floor in a runner’s stretch position with your right leg behind you. The left foot comes back for the plank position momentarily, then step the left foot forward into a runner’s lunge, then stand again and kick with the right leg.
Repeat for 1-3 sets of 10-16 reps before changing sides.
There are an assortment of other excellent exercises to get your heart pumping from the comfort of your home or a hotel room when you’re away on a business trip. The sit and stand is a great way to get the cardio you need. Here’s the three easy steps that will get you through this exercise.
- Simply stand in front of a seat and then sit down with your hands on your hips.
- Once seated, lean back and extend your legs out in front of you. Performing a leg extension.
- Pull your feet back in and stand up.
You can use your hands to help you if needed. For extra intensity, you can add a jump at the end of the motion.
However you decide use this exercise, you should repeat the motion for 30 to 60 seconds 3-4 times.
You can make the most out of everyday household objects found under almost every roof. For example, if you find jumping from a straight armed plank position to a deep squat for twenty repetitions a little too challenging, you can substitute in a sturdy chair or box for support to make it easier. This will bring you up from the floor and change the intensity of the exercise.
Remember although the assortment of at home cardio exercises you do is up to you, thirty minutes a day, three to five days a week is the generally accepted rule whether you’re trying to lose weight or just getting in better shape.