Our app has many different exercises in all type of fitness, cardio, flexibility, strength and balance. You don’t have to go to the gym to do any of these. There are many strength training exercises you can change to cardio exercises, by simply doing them as interval training or as HIIT—high intensity interval training—when you do them at home. Interval training means you do one right after another, with a minimum of rest between. HIIT is varying the speed from high intensity to moderate recovery intensity throughout the workout. You can do it with any type of exercise, including walking.
Cardio is important for heart health.
Cardio boosts your circulation, and it’s important for heart health. It helps to send oxygen and nutrient rich blood to all parts of the body, too. During cardio, your heart has to work hard. That makes it stronger and healthier in the process. It also helps burn off stress hormones and replaces them with ones that make you feel good. If you’re under stress, feeling anxious or depressed, cardio will help improve your mood.
You don’t have to do special exercises to get fit.
While you do need to focus on flexibility and strength, besides doing cardio, your cardio workout doesn’t have to be anything particularly special. You can go for a walk or ride a bike. Both are fun and working them into your daily routine can be easy. Get a basket for your bike and use it to get groceries or go for a walk with a wheeled basket to do the same. You can even modify your walking or biking speed to make it a HIIT workout.
Do these simple calisthenics for cardio health.
March in place lifting your knees high will definitely set your heart pumping. You can do it while you’re watching TV or have a few minutes. Have you ever heard of mountain climbers? You start in plank position, holding your core muscles tight and squeezing. Lift one leg bringing that knee to your chest, then moving it back and switching to the other leg.
- Try a few jumping jacks in the living room or out in the backyard, to get some sun. Scissor jumps are another, Do a jumping jack, but instead of immediately landing your feet on the floor together, try to bring them up to your chest.
- There’s good news for people with limited time. You don’t have to do thirty minutes straight to get adequate cardio. You can break it down to three ten minute sessions throughout the day.
- If you sit at a desk for long hours, get up and walk around or do a jumping jack or other cardio for five minutes. Studies show that sitting longer than an hour can wipe out some of the benefits you reap from your exercise program.
- March in place, but lift your knees high and bring them to your chest, alternating sides. It doesn’t take long to wear you out doing this cardio exercise.
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