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Cardio Bits: Burn More Calories During Your Next Workout

I put all this emphasis on not letting your cardio routine get boring, but what about your weight routine?

Try adding little things that you can do in between weight-training sets so that you’re not just standing around wasting up prime cardio burning real estate. These short and fun activities will allow you to keep your heart rate up which means you'll be burning more calories. Some ideas to try:

  • Jumping jacks
  • Hopping or skipping in place
  • Jumping rope
  • Kicks, front or side
  • Step-ups, on a bench or step
  • Jumping on a mini trampoline
  • Knee lifts, alternating from right to left
  • Jumping side to side
  • Mountain climbers
  • Jabs, alternating from right to left

All it takes is a minute or even 30 seconds. Before you know it you'll have added 5 extra minutes of good calorie burning time to your workout. Easy, right? Now, imagine yourself as the star of your own little aerobics video -- Jane Fonda eat your heart out.

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Fitness Fitness 9 years
Yes, while you're waiting or if you're doing something with free weights it is easy to put them down and do a few jumping jacks. I agree that you run the risk of losing your machine if the gym is crowded, so be creative and you can always ask the next person in line if the want to work-in, so you can take turns.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 9 years
sounds good. i'd feel an azz jumping around among the machines in the gym tho LOL
tifygodess24 tifygodess24 9 years
Do you mean while you are waiting in between weight machines?
aragornrain aragornrain 9 years
That's a good idea, but sounds like it wouldn't be very practical at the gym. If you took off to do some cardio between sets you'd lose the machine you were using.
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