Doing a quick cardio workout at home is more accessible than you might think. It is efficient, offers convenience, and you may even save money. Luckily, a good cardio workout doesn’t have to require a ton of space or fancy equipment.
With a little creativity, you can put together a fitness routine that includes a wide range of effective cardio exercises to build muscle, burn calories, and feel better. Below are some home cardio exercises you can do anytime, anywhere.
What: Jogging in a stationary position
Why: It’s simple, accessible, gets the heart rate up, and is a great way to warm up for more intense exercise.
Requirements: A good pair of shoes
Precautions: It’s high impact, which may tax the joints, and it can be boring. Because there’s no forward motion, it isn’t as intense as jogging outside.
Variations: Press the arms overhead, high knees, butt kicks, wide knees
Best Ways to Use Jogging in Place in a Workout
- As a Warm Up:Start by marching in place, then slowly change that to a jog to prepare your body for more strenuous exercise.
- In a Cardio Circuit: Alternate jogging in place with other cardio exercises, such as marching, jogging, jumping rope, step touches, etc. Do each for 30-60 seconds, repeating the circuit for 10-30 minutes.
- In a Cardio/Strength Circuit: Alternate 30-60 seconds of jogging in place with strength exercises, such as squats, lunges, push-ups, and dips for 10-30 minutes.
- As an Active Break: Try jogging in place when you need an active break at work or at home.