Exercising at home saves you time, effort, and cost, and makes it much more convenient. You won’t have to go to the gym or run around the street to get your cardio benefits. To make home exercises worth it, you have to get creative and focus on effective home workouts that won’t require so much space or equipment. Read on to see some of these exercises.
1. Jumping jacks
Jumping jacks burn as much as 100 calories in 10 minutes, without any special skills required. To perform this exercise, stand with your feet together and your hands down by your side, then jump, pushing your feet out to the side in one motion while you raise your hands above your head. Reverse the motion immediately by jumping back to the original position, arms by the side and feet together.
2. Jogging in place
We are all more familiar with jogging outdoors, so it’s easy to think that indoor jogging might not benefit the body as much. However, this is not strictly true. This exercise helps to strengthen the joints, and although it is not usually as intense as jogging outside, there are many benefits to it.
3. Mountain climbers
Mountain climbers speed up the heart rate and also build strength and endurance in the core. To do this, get into the plank position, hold your arms steady, and then bring up your knees alternatively.
Squat jumps are a plyometric exercise in which muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time, with the goal of increasing power. To do this, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and do the regular squat, then engage your core and jump as high as you can, landing back into the regular squat. Ensure you land with control and repeat for as long as you can.
5. Staircase exercise
You can perform your cardio workouts on the staircase too, by simply running up and down. Other exercises to try, using the staircase are stair lunges, tricep dips, or even incline and decline push-ups. You can also opt to just walk to and fro on the staircase, or carry something heavy as you run or walk down the stairs.
Cardio exercises help to strengthen the heart and lungs, promote weight loss and reduce stress among other benefits.
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