Cardio exercises are very important to keep you healthy and burn many of the calories you have consumed during the day. It can help you push away the stress you have accumulated as well, and keep your heart pumping and healthy. However, how do you accomplish a cardio workout when you are stuck at home and away from your equipment? There are many cardio exercises that you can do with no equipment at all. Here are some of them.
1. Jumping jacks
Jumping jacks are basically lateral jumping with a similar movement of the hands. When you jump, open your legs so you when you land they are parallel to each other but apart, and then jump again to bring your feet to the starting position. The same goes for your hands; when you jump raise them up in the air so they touch each other, and then bring them back to their original place, next to your thighs, as your feet come closer to each other. This exercise is often used as a warm-up exercise, but it can also raise your heartbeat serving as a cardio one.
2. Run in place
This exercise’s name talks about how to do it. All you have to do is find yourself a spot, and run in it. No need to go forward or backward, which is perfect during quarantine, as you might not have much space. You can add a resistance band to the exercise, attaching it to a wall near you, and attaching the other end to your waist. This will help you build resistance and a stronger core, all while burning calories.
Burpees might be something you hated while working out at the gym, but this exercise has lots of benefits to your body, so why not give it a chance? Start in a frog position, where your hands are on the floor and your legs are bent near them as if you are getting ready to run a marathon. Then push your legs backward in a jumping movement so you are now in a pushup position. Jump back to your starting position, and you have accomplished 1 burpee. To make it more beneficial, you can stand up and jump before doing the exercise another time. This becomes a “jumping burpee”.
4. Mountain climbers
Put your hands on the floor, or on a short table or even the sofa, and move your legs as if you are running or climbing a mountain. Do this exercise for 15 to 20 seconds for each set. You will see your heart rate going up, but do not give up before the time. Increase the time of every set when you can.
5. Squat jumps
Squat jumps are basically squats in which you have to jump at the end. Make sure that after the jump you go back to the squat position. The exercise will feel like a cycle as you will be squatting and jumping through all the set until the time is up.