Active Recovery Intervals
Before you run for the hills after reading "intervals," let us explain. Intervals just means alternating between work and rest. Just how hard you work and how rested up you get is totally up to you. Remember, if you got moving, you got in cardio. That's mission well-accomplished.
Konforti's Trainer Tip: When starting out with cardio, it makes the most sense to keep moving as much as possible, then build up to interval training where rest is required. That doesn't mean interval training is out as an easier option; it just needs a tweak. For this workout, instead of going as hard as you can for your interval, then resting, you'll back off the pace but use active rest between rounds. Here's how it works: For your big mover exercise, work for 30 seconds, then recover with a low-intensity exercise for 30 seconds. Repeat it for five to 10 rounds depending on your energy. Here are a few combo options: squat jumps with single-leg deadlifts; deadlifts with planks; side shuffles with lateral raises; burpees with quadriceps stretch.