Cardio Exercises to do at Home for Weight Loss
There are so many cardio exercises a person can do to reach or maintain body weight, or improve their health. All from the comfort of your own home, backyard, or fitness facility! Cardio is a great way to bring up your heart rate, lose calories, and help you lose body fat.
Tips on getting the most out of cardio
Before any exercise, be sure to take time to warm up your muscles to reduce the risk of injury
Give your body time to recover between movements
Eat a healthy balanced diet
Set realistic goals
Start slowly, and gradually build up strength, stamina, and repetition.
Here are some great cardiovascular exercises to get you started at home or wherever you feel most comfortable:
Jumping jacks are a beginner cardiovascular exercise that involves the entire body. They are a great way to work the heart, lungs, and muscles in one exercise.
Begin with feet hip-width apart and arms down
Jump, extending the arms and legs out
Jump back into the starting position, returning the arms to the sides of the body, and the legs to the midline
You can increase the intensity by jumping higher or faster. Or slow it down by doing smaller jumping jacks.
Squat jumps are a great way to bring your heart rate up while working the glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings, and calves.
Stand with feet hip-width apart and the arms along the sides of the body
Bend at the knees to squat, swinging the arms back
Swing arms forward and jump
Land and repeat
Be sure to land softly on the balls of your feet, rolling backward to absorb the shock in your heels.
Jumping rope strengthens calf muscles, and also uses the arm muscles, as well as core strength.
Lightly grip the handles of the jump rope
Keep the elbows close to the torso and gently bend the knees
Rotate the rope from the wrist and flick the rope overhead
Jump low to reduce the impact on the knees and ankles
Try out different variations like alternating between jumping with both feet and jumping from one foot to the other.
Burpees are an intense exercise, using the arms, legs, and core.
Start with the body in a pushup position
Push off your feet and bring the knees into the chest and land in a squat
Jump out of the squat and raise the hands in the air before landing back into the squat
Place the hands back on the floor and return to the starting position by springing the legs back
The inchworm is a full-body exercise that helps improve mobility and tests shoulder strength.
Start in a standing position, bend over and touch the floor with the palms of your hands
Walk your hands out, to the pushup position
Perform a pushup, then walk up to the starting position and repeat till the set is complete
Once you become familiar with a form of cardio exercise, try to increase the intensity, volume, duration, resistance, or technique to make the exercise more of a challenge.
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