Quick Cardio: At Home, Anywhere Workout

Quick Cardio: At Home, Anywhere Workout

Author: Margot Rutigliano

Ah…cardio! Love it or hate it? I actually like cardio – intense cardio. I like sweating out my impurities and feeling like I’ve worked really hard. I like challenging my body and tracking results so I can see my progress. I like feeling that exhausted, happy goodness that comes with producing endorphins. Cardio might not be your favorite though, which is why I created this workout. It only takes 30 minutes and you’re done!

Plus, you’ll work hard. And intensity is one of the most important parts of the workout. Work hard enough and you’ll elevate your metabolism and burn calories at a higher rate for minutes – hours afterwards. That’s enough reason to suck it up and to it, right?

Regardless of whether or not you are a cardio junkie, this workout is the perfect amount of intensity and variation while keeping the time to a minimum. It’s a win win!

Quick Cardio Workout

Warm Up
Always get your body warm before you begin a workout. A quick 3-5 minute warm up is sufficient. Walking briskly, light squats and jumping jacks or jogging in place are a great ways to get warm.

Equipment Needed
All you need is a timer or watch with timer and water bottle with water.

The Quick Cardio Workout

MOVE 1: Speed Run (football) – Standing in place, move your legs as fast as you can as if you’re running. You’ll barely lift your feel off the ground though. Stay on the balls of the feet and “run” as quickly as you can for 30 – 45 seconds.

*ACTVIE REST: March in place, step touch or walk – 30 seconds.
*The point here is to move rather than just standing. Active recovery will help bring your heart rate down but not too much.

MOVE 2: Power Jack – Perform a regular jumping jack but add a deep knee bend when jumping out (similar to a wide leg squat). So, you’ll jump out to a jack squat and then jump legs back to gather for 30 – 45 seconds. Get as much air as you can and go as quickly as you can for the 30 – 45 seconds.

*ACTVIE REST: March in place, step touch or walk – 30 seconds.

MOVE 3: Out Out In In – Starting with feet about hip distance apart and staying in place, step wide with the right foot and then left. Next, step in with the right foot and then the left. This format forms “Out Out In In”. Go as fast as you can for 30 – 45 seconds.

*ACTVIE REST: March in place, step touch or walk – 30 seconds.

MOVE 4: Jump Rope (with or without rope) – If you have a jump rope, great! If not, just simulate the jump rope motion. Jump your heart (as quick as you can) out for 30 – 45 seconds.

*ACTVIE REST: March in place, step touch or walk – 30 seconds.

MOVE 5: High Knees – Run in place with knees as high as you can get them. Go as fast and as high as you can. 30 – 45 seconds.

*ACTVIE REST: March in place, step touch or walk – 30 seconds.

MOVE 6: Butt Kicks – Run in place kicking your heels up as high as you can to your butt. Again, intensity is the name of the game so you want to go as fast and as high as you can. 30 – 45 seconds.

*ACTVIE REST: March in place, step touch or walk – 30 seconds.

 

One of the great things about this workout is that you can do it anywhere – at home, at the gym, in a park, on vacation – anywhere!

If you’re unsure of a move, as your local fitness professional for form information. In addition, you should always consult with your physician before beginning any new physical fitness regime.

 

 

 

2017-10-07T12:40:47+00:00 October 7th, 2017|WORKOUTS|

About the Author:

Margot Rutigliano Whatley is the creator and owner of Vita Vie Retreat. She is a Certified Personal Trainer of 15 years, a Certified Nutrition Coach and a natural living expert. Vita Vie Retreat is a fitness retreat and active getaway for women and men wanting to refresh body + mind. Our blog is a source for information and inspiration about health, nutrition, wellness and fitness. Enjoy!