Sharing some of our favorite gym-free cardio options, many of which you can do at home. You don’t have to go to the gym to get a great cardio workout.
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Today’s post is a fitness post you’ve been ready to go this week. I still wanted to post it today because I know many of my friends still exercise from home, and cardio can be a tricky aspect to navigate. I share 10 of my favorite gym-free cardio options – please shout out your favorites in the comments.
I’m still obsessed with my peloton after all these years. It was a convenient option to exercise at home and is something I use at least once a week, whether I want to take an easy recovery journey or push myself. It’s pricey, but another option is to find a spinning bike of any brand on Facebook Marketplace or online, and support your iPad with the Peloton app running. It’s a great alternative and something I did for about a year to make sure I liked the seasons before I hit the bike.
2. Jump rope
Jump ropes are a form of cardio. It’s inexpensive, portable, and raises your heart rate quickly. I like to run 20 seconds off, 10 seconds off, for 10-15 minutes.
Kickboxing was my introduction to the world of fitness (Tae Bo videos with my 5th grade mom whaattt) and I’ve loved it ever since. I did and loved both Chalene Johnson Turbofire Videos And the current fave exercise for kickboxing is physical fight. (I still haven’t explored YouTube for kickboxing videos, but I’m sure there are some great ones.) It’s a high-impact workout but there are plenty of editing options along the way.
4. Amanda Kloots or Fitness Marshall Cardio
Sometimes you want to feel like you’re having a party and aren’t really working out, and this moment calls for a cardio. I have a couple of Amanda Kloots videos – started doing them the last time we lived in Valdosta and loved them – and we did too subscribe for a while. Marshall Fitness He has a lot of heart dance videos on his YouTube channel. It’s free and designed for current songs.
5. Neighborhood races, walking, hiking, or jogging
It’s still a bit hot here for those, but if the weather is nice where you are, neighborhood sprints are a great option for the heart. Run at a speed of 30 seconds, walk 30, and repeat 10-20 times. (Be sure to warm up and cool down before and after.) This is the perfect fitness option – find a safe outdoor spot where you can walk or run freely.
6. HIIT bodyweight exercises and plyometrics
Some of my exercises and moves that increase the heart rate:
– Squats jump
– high knees
– Jump lunges
– box jumps
– Kettlebell swings
– take turns kidnapping
– mountain climbers
– Rotating squat jumps
– sprints (I’m just running around the garage like an idiot for 30 seconds)
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7. Step aerobics
This is another fitness throwback but I’m giving up on love in a good stride class. I will never forget the lessons I took at my basic gym in Fayetteville; We used two steps, the music was loud, and the energy was out of control. I’m still getting my fingers crossed, and I’ll be back, but in the meantime you can find challenging and fun step exercises on YouTube.
8. Rowing machine
I really want a rowing machine and if you are considering a piece of cardio equipment at home and love to row, this could be a solid choice. I like that rowing gives cardiovascular and endurance benefits while also strengthening the muscles in the arms, torso, and back. (Many traditional cardio exercises focus on the legs.) They’re ideal for working out a longer endurance pattern, interval training, or cardio between weight sets. water rower, like this, is my favourite.
9. The grinder
This is an obvious type, but it should be included because a lot of people use the treadmill and love it in their home gym. You can walk or run, do intervals, or follow a class or application program. Fantastic peloton treadmill workouts. In my dream home gym, we’d have a treadmill.
Be careful if you do this one, mmm k? You can quickly go up the stairs in your house and then go down again. I wouldn’t have thought of this before but desperate times call for desperate action when you can’t leave the house and it’s 110* outside. I’ve been playing a podcast and getting in a bit of a ladder if I need a movement break.
So, tell me, friends: What’s your favorite at-home heart option?
What do you usually do for heart disease?