Whether you’re at the gym, in your backyard, at work or on holidays, these easy exercises for cardio, heart health and deep stretching will be etched into your memory forever.
This easy, low impact walking-based cardio circuit can be done as a quick, 5-minute exercise shot during your busy day, or repeated up to 4 times for a full 10, 15 or 20-minute cardio workout.
W: Walk (2 minutes). March quickly in place, driving arms back and forth and maintaining good posture, for two minutes.
A: Arm circles (1 minute). Continue marching in place, and maintaining good posture, make large circles with arms from front to back for one minute.
L: Leg lifts (1 minute). With hands on hips, lift one leg out to the side of body, pointing foot. As leg lowers, bend knees slightly to switch sides. Change legs each time, moving at a quick tempo, for one minute.
K: Kicks (1 minute). Standing tall, perform a low kick to the front of body, swinging opposite hand towards foot, alternating sides at a fast tempo for one minute.
There’s no need for a boring treadmill to squeeze in a good sweat session! Try this efficient 5-minute cardio circuit indoors or out. Perform this simple circuit up to 4 times in total for a full 20-minute workout, or shorten it depending on how much time and energy you have.
J: Jog (3 minutes). Jog briskly in place (or if space allows, travel) for three minutes.
O: Overhead press (1 minute). Continue jogging and extend arms overhead with hands in fists, then bend elbows and pull arms down by sides. Repeat quickly for one minute.
G: Ground reaches (1 minute). Tap left foot out to side, bending right knee, and reach left arm towards the ground, bending right elbow behind body. Quickly push off the floor and switch sides. Repeat as quickly as possible for one minute.
Strengthen your major muscles, lungs and heart with this cardio strength circuit that doesn’t require any equipment and can be done in with minimal space. Depending on how much time and energy you have, repeat up to 5 times, resting for 30-60 seconds in between circuits if needed.