5 Cardio Exercises to do Anywhere

Take cardio to the next level without going to a gym.


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Cardio exercise does a lot more than just raise your heartrate. It could also lift your spirits and make you physically and mentally stronger. Cardio-based exercise offers an abundance of health benefits, according to the Mayo Clinic, from helping to support a healthy heart to  boosting your mood.

For times that you can't make it to the gym, make the most of your home space. Not only can you save travel time, but you can also enjoy a distraction-free zone. No more waiting for the treadmill or stairmaster! Turn up the heat with these five cardio exercises to do at home. 

Jumpstart Your Heart Rate by Skipping

Unleash your inner child by getting back into jump rope! In addition to being a childhood favorite, jump rope doubles up as a full-body workout, according to Healthline. Besides improving cardio and strength, it will also burn calories to support weight loss.

It's time to get moving! Grab that rope and find a clear space to jump. You can even introduce some skipping skills to really turn up the heat.

Jumping rope is a good cardio exercise.

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Break a Sweat with Burpees

Unlike the childhood favorite above, burpees may be an all-time least favorite. However, this exercise significantly enhances cardiovascular endurance, according to Verywell Fit

Begin standing with arms by your side. From here, bend downward and place your hands on the floor. Jump your feet back to a plank position, and focus on tightening the core. As you bend the elbows, invite in one push-up. After this, jump the feet forward for a deep squat. 

To finish off your burpee movement, jump high, arms reaching above your head. Feel that full body stretch as you rise. Repeat as many times as you can to break a sweat!

Man doing burpees at home.

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Move Your Body With Mountain Climbers

If you’ve practiced mountain climbers before, you’ll know they get the heart-rate pumping. An excellent choice if your goal is to burn calories! 

As well as increasing your heart rate, mountain climbers are also a great strength-building exercise, according to a blog on the Pure Gym website. With its ability to strengthen arms, backs, shoulders, cores, and legs, mountain climbers offer a full-body workout. The best thing about these is that you can do them anywhere, anytime.

Simply begin in a press-up position, hands shoulder-width apart. Pull your right knee rapidly towards the chest before placing it back into plank position. Repeat with your left leg. The key here is to move as quickly as possible and continue until you feel the burn. It shouldn’t take long before you start feeling the effects. 

Woman doing the mountain climbing exercise.

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Get the Party Started With Trampoline Fun

Cardio doesn't have to be a chore. You can make it fun by adding some equipment, like a trampoline. When you discover exercises that bring you joy, you’re more likely to stick to them, according to mindbodygreen.

A trampoline exercise routine can easily elevate your heart rate. Try a combination of balancing, twisting, and jumping to switch things up! It’s a fun and effective way to break a sweat while also enjoying yourself.

Jumping on a trampoline is healthy exercise.

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Dance Like Nobody’s Watchinghttps://www.goodnet.org/articles/dance-like-nobodys-watching-science-says-its-good-for-you

Move and groove your way to a healthy heart. According to WebMD, dancing offers an array of health benefits.It can improve cardiovascular health, joint mobility, strength, balance, and coordination. And anyone can do it! 

Feel the burn as you dance your way through a full-body workout. You can dance to the beat of your own drum or follow an online tutorial for guidance. All you need is a clear space and some music to work up a sweat.

Dancing gives you a workout.

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