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At Home Cardio Moves

I have had a few requests recently of Sugar users looking for cardio moves they can do at home. Here are some ideas for getting your heart rate up in the comfort of your own home.

  • 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 (for a description click here)

I have plenty more moves, so

  • Jumping Squats – Classic plyometric exercise to get your heart rate going and going
  • Jumping Lunges – Add some lift to your lunges and switch your legs in the air
  • Step ups – The higher the step/bench the more your legs will work
  • Squat Thrusts – I grew up calling these burpees and loving them
  • Shadow Boxing – Jab to the front and the side and keep your heart rate up by moving your arms

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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NatureMadeLisa NatureMadeLisa 9 years
Thanks for these! I haven't joined a gym yet, so these will definitely come in handy!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Thanks Fit. Good thing I have been practicing my running man moves!! ;)
Spectra Spectra 9 years
Oh, I LOVE burpees! They are so killer. I also love doing step ups...they remind me of step aerobics classes from back in the day.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
aimeeb - Oh the joys up jumping lunges. Start with a regular lunge, but instead of returning to standing by stepping forward or backward, jump to switch legs. Keep alternating legs and always keep your back straight and your bum low. Here's a video demonstration. To me it feels like an exaggerated version of the Running Man.
LOVErickii LOVErickii 9 years
thanks for these!
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
I love plyometrics. Jumping lunges and jumping squats are my favorite! I've also noticed that I burn more calories (according to my heart rate monitor) doing jumping jacks than running.
liza0183 liza0183 9 years
I have been doing Muay Thai/kickboxing/cardio training at my personal trainer makes us do all those on the list mountain climber and blurpees are sucky lol
neonbee neonbee 9 years
Oh, cool. Now I can work out more indoors.
mabes mabes 9 years
With the smog alerts in high gear these days I have been working out indoors...i started doing the Tracy Anderson dvd and it is awesome! It involves a bunch of different dance routines that are a lot of fun and really get you working.
ahaynes ahaynes 9 years
A lot of these moves were in the Tabata link you posted Fit. I tried the 4 minute workout and it was more active than I expected. I agree with Renees3, the mt climbers kicked my butt!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Mt Climbers Kill me!!!!!!! I would throw push ups in there and it would be a perfect workout!
yasume yasume 9 years
These are good suggestions and I do just about all of them. I am not familiar with jumping lunges but I do walking lunges and other plyometric moves which are excellent
albeli albeli 9 years
Wow, I feel like I'm in PE all over again. :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I think I know what Mountain Climbers are but just the same the link doesn't work. Also can anyone give some details on jumping lunges??
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