Cardio exercises are one of the best ways to lose some weight. One does not always find time to work out and go to the gym, so these home cardio exercises will not only save you a lot of time and money, but will also be very convenient. There are no set times for performing these exercises and therefore you can do them, for however long, at your leisure. The cardiovascular exercises mentioned in this particular list will help you burn a significant amount of calories and help you lose that extra weight you have been carrying around. Moreover, cardio exercises tone your entire body because your entire body is at work with these.
Before you begin these exercises, or any exercise for that matter, you may want to establish a routine of warm up and warm down. Warm ups and warm downs generally include stretching your arms and legs, and moving your back around, just so your body can get ready for the intense workout that is to follow. Besides, a warm up and warm down, would keep your body generally healthy and prevent muscle spasms and sore muscles. Without further ado, here’s presenting 10 home cardio exercises. We certainly hope you will enjoy the read, and as always, your comments are welcome.
10. Squat Jumps
This particular exercise would increase your heartbeat rate exponentially which helps in increasing your stamina, metabolism and blood circulation. Stand up straight with your feet spread apart and rest your hands on either side. That is your starting position. Understand that when you jump, you will need to flex your abdominal muscles for increased workout intensity. Think of it as jumping and squatting combined.
9. Jump Lunge
If you are not comfortable with what your thighs look like, you may want to consider this particular home cardio exercise into your calculations. It will also increase your heartbeat (as is the case with a cardiovascular exercise) and will help significantly in toning your lower body. Please understand that you want to have a good mix of exercises that would target every muscle in your body, otherwise, your body will turn out to be disproportionate. That is something you do not want. Stand up straight with your feet together. Make sure your hands are tucked nicely beside your body. Moreover, your spine and head should be kept erect and steady. This is your starting position.
Dancing is one of the most ultimate and enjoyable ‘exercises’ you could possibly include in your daily routine in order to lose weight and tone your body. There are various different styles of dancing you can employ in order to lose weight, tuck your tummy in and tone your body. Dancing usually utilizes every part of your body depending on what you do. Browse through YouTube to go through some dance tutorials on songs that you like. That will help you feel more engaged. Zumba and Salsa are one of the best dance routines you could incorporate in your lives.
7. In-Spot Jogging
Since this article is about home cardio exercises, in-spot jogging is the best way to go. It is pretty much the same as jogging outside in the open, the only difference is that you do not actually cover any distance. It will work up your legs, your arms and your heart rate, which would in turn make you lose weight, and calories. It is also handy with tummy tucking. It is still advised that you find time to jog out in the open considering the added benefit of fresh air.
6. Bear Crawls
If you are doing your regular cardio workout, you may want to add a minute or two of these bear crawl. All you will need is love for the floor. You should know that it is actually tougher than it sounds so take your time with getting used to it. it offers strength, and increased heart rate. It works up your lower body muscles with an emphasis on abdominal area and arms. Think of it as squatting to the floor and push-ups in a combined form.
This is one of those home cardio exercises which requires a small piece of equipment from you. You will need to buy an iron will. You can also use a sandbag to make it more difficult. It’s basically a bar with wheels attached to the either side of it. This particular home cardio exercise is significantly difficult to do and therefore, no more than 5 minutes of burpees should be included in your regular workout. It can burn more than a 100 calories 10 minutes, but these ten minutes will be difficult. Squat to the floor, rest your hands on the iron will on the ground and roll forward into a pushed up (pushups) position and then roll back right to where you started from.
4. Jumping Jacks
This is one of the more basic home cardio exercises and it is very effective too, which is why it should always be a part of a cardiovascular routine. It involves you jumping up and down basically. Stand straight with your hands on either side of your body with your feet combined. Jump up and spread your legs apart, with your hands shooting straight up your head in form of a circle. Jump again, and bring yourself back to the starting position. They will seriously work up the joints, more specifically your knees, and of course it increases the heart rate.
If you have a boxing pillow at your house, that would be great. Start by boxing normally and then add some variation of kicking. If you do not have a boxing pillow, you can obviously do the same standing at one spot and boxing and kicking the air. However, having a boxing pillow makes the entire experience more real, worthwhile and impactful. This particular exercise can burn around a 100 calories in ten minutes if you do it right. It will tire you out, work up your lungs and heart, make you sweat and help you with losing a lot of weight and rather quickly.
2. Skater Squat
This exercise will help you burn a lot of calories and at the same time work up your core muscles because you will be flexing them throughout the routine. It is especially important if you are looking to tone your calves, and lower back. You will need to stand up straight, with your head and spine perfectly straight and erect. Your arms will be nicely tucked on either side of your body and your feet will touching each other. This will be your starting position.
The last in our list of home cardio exercises is skipping using a jump rope and that is all you will need for the exercise. Ten to fifteen minutes of this exercise daily will help you strengthen your legs, lungs and back. You can skip while staying at the same spot, or you can move around. Moving around of course will burn more calories. This particular exercise has the ability to burn more than 200 calories per a session that lasts around 20 minutes. Turn it into a game, challenge yourself, and see how many times you can jump the rope without getting entangled.
If you have other home cardio exercises that have proven effective, you can share them with us via the usual medium below. Stay healthy and happy!