Possibly one of our favourite low impact cardio moves of all time: the squat and jab. It gets your heart rate up and gives you the chance to release any frustration. That last email from your boss? Rude neighbours? Put your timer on for 1 minute and 30 seconds and let’s go. Feet shoulder width apart, elbows by your side and hands clasped together in front of you. Lower down into a squat and as you come up from the squat position jab the air with each arm (take that, passive-aggressive lady next door). Once completed, rest for 30 seconds before proceeding with…
Similar to our squat and jab move, except this time instead of jabbing, we’re kicking. Begin in the same stance as above except your hands will remain apart and in closed fists brought up near your chest. Squat down and when you return to standing position kick out in front and repeat, alternating legs.
A cardio workout at home requires exercises you can do anywhere in the house, quickly and with minimal equipment. Enter mountain climbers. Begin in the push up position. Keep your back straight and your core engaged and start by bringing your right knee up towards your right elbow, then return to starting position. Now alternate each leg. Pick up the pace as much as you can for 1 minute and 30 seconds, followed by a 30 seconds rest.
Knees to palms
As you approach the end of your 10-minute cardio workout, turn it up a notch. It’s old-school but running on the spot is bound to help you break a sweat. Begin by bending your elbows and keeping them tucked into your side. Stretch your palms our flat, facing the ground. Then, with every step you take (almost broke into song there) bring the top of your knees up towards your palms as you run on the spot. The beauty of a cardio workout at home? It’s meant to be simple. Timer on with the usual 1 minute and 30 seconds, and off you go.
A cardio workout at home means limited space, but to us, that’s not a problem. There are still plenty of workouts for small spaces you can try. Including this bad boy, The Beetle. Start by standing feet shoulder width apart and your hands raised above your head. Lower yourself into squat position and at the lowest point of your squat move your hands behind you and sit on the floor. In the same motion roll onto your back and bring your legs in the air. Then roll back into a seated position, using the momentum from your roll to stand up and begin the move again. Timer on for your last 1 minute and 30 second session – then rest for 30.