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At Home Cardio Moves

If Snowmaggadon is interfering with your runs, you're going to have to move your cardio inside — and this does't have to mean "treadmill time." With the right moves, you can get your heart rate up in the privacy of your living room. Here are some of my fave at-home cardio moves.
jumping rope

  • Small sprints: think of these like mini killers.
  • Jumping jacks: a classic move known for elevating your heart rate.
  • Jump rope: if you don't have a rope, jump with a pretend one.
  • Skipping: this childish form of locomotion is great for your legs and heart rate.
  • Mountain Climbers: like running in place while in the plank position.

See the rest of my heart thumping moves.

You can design a workout mixing up these elements. Alternate exercises every 30 to 60 seconds. Add some strength training moves, and you'll have a circuit.

If you have an easy at-home cardio move you'd like to share, tell us all about it in the comment section below.

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northcarolinag2 northcarolinag2 5 years
This post came at the perfect time. I'm definitely not heading out tomorrow or even tonight. These ideas will definitely help.
amber512 amber512 5 years
Ugh, I can't ever do any of these moves. I also live in the top story of an apartment complex. When I was snowed in last year I did do a lot of sit-ups and planks, but most of the time it was all about the couch!
nikkisoda nikkisoda 5 years
*Warrior Dash is in multiple states. I'm signed up for one in July. Can't wait!!!
Slinxie Slinxie 5 years
Let me first say off, I am not an athlete BY ANY MEANS. (caps for emphasis) My friends wanted to do the Warrior Dash in MD this May primarily bc "we get free viking hats!" It's a 3.11mi obstacle course that includes crawling under barbed wire, a hanging cargo net, a maze through mossy trees, a wall, a tightrope, etc. Did I mention you do this all in the mud? From what people have told me, it's not that hard if you aren't out of shape and a decent runner. Unfortunately, I am both and I signed up for the Dash as motivation to workout. We aren't playing to win, but I figured the whole experience should be fun at least! http://www.warriordash.com/register2011_maryland.php If you have any suggestions to get in shape that you can do sans gym membership and with minimal equipment (I only own the jumprope :/) I'd really really appreciate it!
Fitness Fitness 5 years
Slinxie, Tell me more about the Warrior Dash — it sounds intense.
Slinxie Slinxie 5 years
I don't have a treadmill, it's too cold to run outside and I HATE the gym. I recently got a jumprope for xmas bc I decided I need to do something to start training for the Warrior Dash in May. Jump roping is HARD. You will definitely get your heart rate up!
karen-zoo karen-zoo 6 years
Thanks! Totally cannot afford the gym.
Advah Advah 6 years
Sounds great, thanks!!
nia0nia nia0nia 6 years
wow! just tried all of these with a few press-ups and planks thrown in and i'm feeling a little shaky. but was great , thanks
ErikaAli21 ErikaAli21 6 years
These are great! I have some great at home moves I do while watching TV, like the biggest loser. I call it my Couch Potato Workout :) Check it out on my blog! http://runeatgrow.blogspot.com/
lizdavis lizdavis 6 years
Sounds great, can't wait to get home and try a few of these.
aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
Great ideas!!
syako syako 6 years
*like = live
syako syako 6 years
good ideas. Now that I like in an apt on the second floor, I'm sure my neighbors wouldn't be thrilled by some of these! ;)
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