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​​5 Cardio-Friendly Exercises You Can Try At Home

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Cardio training helps people at all levels who are looking to increase their cardiovascular build, endurance, and agility. Such training increases the ability of your heart and lungs to function more effectively, allowing more oxygenated blood to be distributed throughout your body. It doesn’t take long for you to realize when your cardio has improved. 

Within a couple of weeks of applying cardio exercises daily, be it in a relaxed setting or one that is geared toward physical activity, you should find yourself seeing results such as increased lean muscle mass, better stamina while working out, and greater cardiovascular conditioning. By exercising in this manner, you will no longer suffer from shortness of breath rather than playing sports or performing simple everyday tasks like carrying groceries up the stairs or running errands.

Cardio workouts can help you keep your mind and body in shape. Cardio refers to any workout that boosts heart health and overall wellness (such as your mental well-being). You don’t need to spend hours at the gym to get a cardio workout. You don’t even need a lot of space or equipment, either. We’ll show you effective home low-impact cardio workouts that are great to get started with if you haven’t worked out yet today. 

Let’s take a look at some of the cardio exercises you can do at home:

Mountain Climbers

Start in a high plank position, hands beneath shoulders, body forming a straight line parallel to the floor. Begin performing alternating knees by slowly raising your knees from left to right as if riding an imaginary bicycle. Continue this knee-launching pattern for the duration of the exercise.

Dancing

If you have friends and/or family in the household, this can be a fun time spent with loved ones. There are no hard rules here: Just turn up the volume on your stereo in the den and boogie. Many people get their heart rates up through activities like dancing so try to at least keep moving as you do. Shoot for 15 minutes. 

To prevent yourself from staring down the clock and pacing back and forth, make a playlist of some of your favorite songs. As each song typically lasts between 4  and 6 minutes long, you should know exactly when it’s done when the tunes stop playing.

Skip Ropes

Research seems to indicate that the average person can burn up to 450 calories an hour while taking part in skip rope exercises. This form of exercise, which works out both upper and lower body muscles, is particularly good for your shoulders, calves, glutes, and quads. 

Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold one side of the jump rope’s handles (we are assuming you have two elastic ropes connected to each other by at least one metal clasp or handle) so that it is hanging loosely above your head. You should be able to swing the jump rope using only your wrists; try not to use any arm or shoulder muscles. Jump quickly as the rope comes close to reaching either side of your feet on the ground below.

Burpees

Burpees are like having three exercises in one: squats, push-ups, and a tricep dip. Do them anywhere with no equipment. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and squat down to place your hands in front of your feet – this is the plank position. From here, return to a standing position and then jump up into the air. 

When you land, quickly return to the squat position while sprinting as far as possible before jumping up into the air again and running to get another distance away from where you started.

Running the Stairs

Another way to keep your heart pumping is to do some stairs. But you might have to get a little creative depending on whether or not you have some stairs at home because if so, consider doing the regular and backward stair workout routine to intensify your cardio stamina even more. Make sure you’re in great shape before attempting this exercise but if done, incorporate both fast and slow intervals that burn calories long after your workout is over

Key Takeaway

Cardio workouts should be the top essential for anyone looking to get in shape. However, if you are an active individual or working out in a home gym, finding what you enjoy can often be a problem because of the issues that come along with cardio. It’s important as an active individual to know how best to exercise which is why we highly recommend making sure that your workout routine is fun and never boring.

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