So you’ve decided to get in shape, but the effort of going to the gym is akin to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.
The solution? Don’t go to the gym!
You can get your sweat on with a serious cardio workout right from the comfort of your living room, free from machines, weights, and even lots of space. Thanks to plyometrics and fast-paced bodyweight exercises, you can cut calories without a treadmill or free weights.
We’ll highlight three fantastic exercises to get you fit, which can all be done at home, and in just 10 minutes. Ensure you have enough space to jump front-to-back and side-to-side, as you’ll be moving in all directions with this workout. Perform each exercise for 30 to 60 seconds, with no more than 15 seconds of rest in between. Take a minute to recover at the end of the circuit, then go through the paces at least one more.
Jump Rope Sky-to-Floor Reach
Start by standing with feet a bit closer than hip-width apart, arms down to your sides. Begin by swinging your forearms in a circle (pretending you’re jumping rope), while jogging/kicking your heels toward your butt; ‘jog’ for 6 steps like this. Then, reach your arms straight up in the air, going onto your toes to execute a calf raise. Next, reach to the floor with knees bending for a narrow squat. Repeat the sky-to-floor reach. Continue alternating between six rope jumps and two sky-to-floor reaches.
Drop into a squat, and push your hips back and butt down, putting weight on your heels. You should get low enough where you can touch the floor with one hand. Jump back up, bringing your feet together at the end. Then, pop your feet back out of a squat, touching the ground with your opposite hand; repeat.
Grape Vine Hip Twist
Facing forward, take a step to right with your right foot. Next, step your left foot behind the right, and then step that right foot out to the right again, and tap your left foot to your right – that’s one grape vine. Now, bring your arms together to shoulder height, elbows bent so arms are parallel to the floor. With feet together, jump and twist your hips to the right, then left, for two times on each side. Repeat the grape vine move, but this time with the left; continue alternating between grape vines, and four hip twists.
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