Cardio At Home Pt 1

What is a cardio exercise?

Cardio Exercise is an exercise that gets the blood pumping and your heart rate up. There are several benefits when you participate in cardio exercise. Although it takes some work according to the guidelines published by the American College of Sports Medicine, they suggest 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise 5 days a week, or vigorous cardio 20 minutes a day, 3 days a week. Also if you are trying to lose weight¬†you will probably need even more cardio, up to 60-90 minutes, depending on your diet and other activities. Although this might seem overwhelming sometimes it’s best to forget the rules and get back to basics: Cardio isn’t just for weight loss.

Here’s the list of benefits that come with Cardio Exercise:

  • Weight loss
  • Stronger heart and lungs
  • Increased bone density
  • Reduced stress
  • Reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer
  • Temporary relief from depression and anxiety
  • Better sleep
  • More energy

What Qualifies as Cardio?

When most people think of cardiovascular exercise the first thing that comes to mind is usually running. Not a lot of people are all that enthused about running because lets face it, sometimes it can be hard or it could be boring. So what else can you do for cardio then you ask? Well there are hundreds of ways to fit that cardio in without having to run!

Here are a few workouts that I have found to be most useful:

Workout 1

  • 30 Jumping Jacks
  • 5 Push ups (Modified if need be)
  • 25 High Knees
  • BREAK
  • 10 Burpees
  • 20 Crunches
  • 10 Squats
  • BREAK
  • 10 Push Ups (Modified if need be)
  • 10 Squats
  • 30 Jumping Jacks
  • BREAK
  • 25 High knees
  • 1 Minute Wall Sit
  • 2-3 Minute Walk (Just walk around to help cool your muscles down and prevent soreness.)

Workout 2

  • 30 Jumping Jacks
  • :30 Jump Rope
  • 20 Alternating Lunges
  • :30 Jump Rope
  • BREAK
  • 25 Butt Kickers
  • 25 High Knees
  • 15 ¬†Jump Squats
  • :30 Jog in place
  • BREAK
  • 10 Burpees
  • 30 Jumping Jacks
  • :30 Jump Rope
  • 20 High Knees
  • BREAK
  • 10 Squats
  • 40 Mountain Climbers
  • :30 Jog in place
  • 20 High Knees
  • BREAK
  • 20 Butt Kickers
  • 20 Jumping Jacks
  • :30 Jog in place
  • 2-3 Minute walk (Walk around to help cool down your muscles and prevent soreness.)

 

Just a couple of workouts that I have found to work tremendously when I feel that running is not an option. Keep checking back at this website because we are constantly putting up new and innovative ways to get you to where you want to be, living that healthy lifestyle.

 

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