Running Isn't the Only Form of Cardio

As it gets colder outside, the potential for long walks and being outdoors becomes limited. Some people have no interest in going to the crowded gyms and fighting for a treadmill. If you are one of those people, check out how to get your cardio physical activity in without the hassle.

Jump Rope
Jump roping is not just for kids. Jump Roping for just 10 minutes is the equivalent of running 8 minute miles. It also improves coordination, ankle strength and is a killer cardio workout.

Squat Jumps
Standing with your legs shoulder width apart, squat down with your back straight and your knees staying behind your toes. Try to go down to where your legs are in a 90 degree angle. Push off from that position into a jump, landing on the balls of your feet and automatically lowering yourself back into that first squat position. Try to do 3 sets of 10 squat jumps to get that heart rate going and for that increased cardio.

Mountain Climbers
In a pushup position (looking 3-5 inches in front of your hands and keeping your back straight), kick one knee up towards your chest and back down. Repeat with the other leg. You should look like you are running; however in a slower, more controlled manner. Try timing this exercise: 1 minute on and 1 minute rest for as long as you can go without losing your straight back and good form.

High Knees
Standing with your legs shoulder width apart, run in place while bringing your knee up to hip height. Time this exercise: 1 minute on and 1 minute rest for the duration of 6 minutes total. For added intensity, increase the amount of time on and decrease your rest time in between.

Jumping Jacks
Jumping Jacks get your heart rate up and are the perfect indoor cardio exercise. Try beginning your workout with these to get the muscles warmed up before jumping into more intense exercises. To benefit from jumping jacks, try doing 50-100 per workout.

Burpees Burpees
have a bad name as being a super tough exercise, but they really are the perfect full body workout, if done right. Watch a tutorial on the proper way to do the burpee.

If you have stairs at work or at home, they can be a good alternative to running. Take a few trips up and down the stairs at a quick pace to get your cardio workout in. Skip every other step to increase the intensity of the workout.

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