Enjoy this guest post that originally appeared on HigherDose.com As many of us are stuck at home in this pandemic, or at least have our activities restricted, we can all use easy cardio workouts that don’t require expensive equipment or gym memberships. Check it out!
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Recently we shared some easy ways to detox at home to give you a good, deep cleanse to get a fresh start this autumn. Today, we’re back with a list of cardio workouts you can do at home to get your sweat on! Whatever your fitness goals – losing weight, toning, or coming back from an injury – these workouts will get your blood flowing and calories burning. Here are just a few of our favorite at-home workouts.
Crunched for time? There are tons of 10-minute cardio workouts that can help you get your sweat on in between work calls, family time, happy hour, or whatever. Look for something HIIT style: maximum reps, minimum duration. HIIT stands for high-intensity interval training. The basic concept is that you burn a ton of calories in very little time. Here are a few 10-minute cardio HIIT workouts you could try:
- The 10-Minute Cardio Workout You Can Do Before Breakfast from Self
- 10-Minute Tabata Cardio Turn Up by Sydney Cummings
- 10-Minute Fat-Burning Workout by Boho Beautiful
- The Best 10-Minute High-Intensity Workout from POPSUGAR Fitness
- The 10-Minute Cardio HIIT Workout Without Weights for All Fitness Levels from Shape
You’ll give 100% over those 10 minutes and work up a sweat – but then it will be over! Short and sweet, right?
Add in some resistance bands to simple moves like squats and lunges to really feel the burn. The Zoe Report recommends workouts from Tone It Up, a fitness brand that uses resistance bands for sculpting and cardio at home. Banded workouts give you the benefit of boosting your heart rate with the added challenge of upping the intensity of your favorite basic bodyweight moves. For a tough workout, alternate between two different exercises with no rest in between.
The Lagree Method
Not into heavy breathing? We get that. You can still have a super-intense workout without bands and burpees. Try the Lagree Method, a high-intensity, low-impact workout that emphasizes circuit training. “Unlike traditional Pilates, the Lagree Method places a large emphasis on circuit training, which means you move quickly from one exercise to the next for a prescribed number of sets or time limits. This allows you to achieve both cardiovascular and strength benefits as the heart, lungs, and muscle groups are concurrently working,” writes one reporter. You can try a Lagree workout through a virtual studio at home.
An Infrared Session
Infrared is a good go-to no matter what your fitness goals are! Use HigherDOSE’s Infrared Sauna Blanket at home to not only burn calories – upwards of 600 calories! – but also prepare your body to burn calories later, absorb nutrients and stay energized. When you use infrared heat to your circulation, it increases your heart rate and metabolic rate, causing the body to burn calories like if you went for a light jog.
Unlike a light jog, infrared gives your skin that healthy, dewy, juice-cleanse-status summer glow. A quick session in our blanket gives you a relaxing spa experience that burns calories and that post-gym euphoric high. A runner’s high – without the running part. Heck yes.
If you’re looking for an at-home, easy cardio workout to integrate into the rest of your training, infrared is a good option to bring your performance to the next level. Athletes benefit from the heat as it enhances endurance with “hyperthermic conditioning,” infrared exposure that helps you stand real-life heat in future high-intensity situations.
Tap into your inner child and get an incredible workout with just one piece of equipment: a jump rope! “It’s an easy cardio workout that keeps A-listers on their toes too – fans include Gigi Hadid, Kate Hudson, Kim Kardashian, and Victoria’s Secret Angel, Adriana Lima (proof that jumping rope does the body good!),” reports one fitness blogger.
Jump rope skipping offers a truly full-body workout. Both the body and the brain get a workout as you focus on maintaining a rhythm and controlling your heart rate. Take it to the next level with a weighted rope to work your arms and core. Just 30 minutes a day will have your body looking more toned! What are some ways you’re doing easy cardio at home? Tag us with #HackAtHome on Instagram!
Exercise is known to be beneficial for managing stress; aren’t we all stressed with what’s going on in the world? Hopefully, you can find some stress relief in the options for easy cardio workouts provided in this post.
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