Five Cardio Workouts You Can Do Without Expensive Equipment
Whether you can’t make it to the gym or bad weather has you indoors, there are still a lot of good cardio workouts that you can do. Some of the best cardio workouts include these exercises, as they are all excellent ways to increase your heart rate and burn calories. The best part is that none of them require any expensive equipment. In fact, with the exception of a jump rope, they don’t require any equipment at all. Here are 5 cardio workouts you can do without expensive equipment.
Equipment-Free Cardio Workouts
- Jumping Jacks – You don’t need any equipment at all to do this cardio workout. When doing jumping jacks, start out from a standing position with your arms at your sides. Then jump with your arms over your head and your feet wide. This exercise can burn as much as 100 calories in 10 minutes and is a great addition to a strength workout or a regular workout session.
- Burpees – This is another example of a great cardio workout that doesn’t require any equipment at all. To do burpees, you squat, get your feet back in a plank position, jump back, and then stand up. To kick it up a notch, you could even add push-ups in between to this exercise. If you’re interested in a high-intensity workout, do 45 seconds of burpees followed by 45 seconds of rest and then repeat it for 10 minutes.
- Jump Rope – You don’t need anything expensive for this workout, just a typical jump rope. This exercise can burn as much as 220 calories in 20 minutes. If you’re just beginning, you can do 30 seconds or less of jumping and alternate with jogging in place. As you become more proficient, there are a couple tips you can use to conserve your energy so that you can jump longer. Make sure you jump just high enough to clear the rope and use your wrists rather than your arms to turn the rope.
- Mountain Climbing – This full-body exercise can be included into any cardio circuit. In addition to strengthening your lower body, it also engages your arms and your core. Starting out from a plank, you move your right knee forward under your chest. Then, bring your right knee back so you’re at the plank position again before bringing your left knee forward. The more you do this exercise, the easier it’ll become, and you can do it at a faster pace.
- Kickboxing – Studies have found that this workout improves not only your fitness level, but your heart health as well. It’s a great way to reduce stress in addition to burning calories. Instead of using a punching bag, kickboxing involves punching and kicking the air. The lack of contact means that it doesn’t require any equipment and also doesn’t strain your body as much as boxing would. Make sure that when you are punching, you don’t lock out your elbows. Focus on having the correct form and technique, and then enjoy the workout!
Wouldn't Equipment Make a Better Workout?
For some routines, yes! There are exercises that absolutely require that you at least have something to lift, or pull or push. But a good cardio workout does not require anything other than your body and your willingness to work. You can always get your heart pumping and accomplish your goals with nothing more than determination and a place to work out.
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