Is running on the tread mill starting to make you feel like a hamster on a giant wheel? If you said yes, I have some good news for you! Below are 11 heart pumping cardio exercises that you can use to free yourself of the hamster wheel! For a quick, high intensity cardio workout, do all 11 moves for 30 seconds each, and take a 30 second active break in between each exercise by marching in place. For a different workout each time you can mix and match. Just pick 4-5 exercises, do them each for about 30 seconds with 30 second active breaks in between, and then repeat the entire sequence 2- 3 times. Remember to work both sides of your body evenly.

Make sure to have plenty of water handy, and to include a warm up and cool down. Also, don’t be afraid to extend the length of your breaks, if you need to.

If you have great endurance, try adding another a few seconds to each move for an even more challenging workout.


Jumping Jacks
A classic cardio move. They really work well to help get your heart pumping.



Invisible Jump Rope
You don’t necessarily need a rope to get the job done.



Punch away fat and calories.



Pull Knee
Work your legs and abs while burning calories. Tighten your abs every time you pull your hands to your knees.



Front kicks
These are fun!



This high-stepping move is good for your hip flexors. To work on your abs, tighten your stomach each time your elbow comes down to your knee.



Skater Jumps
These are great for your legs.



Squat Bouncers
Work your quads, thighs, and glutes!



Work your legs, waist, and hip flexors.

step stool


Ski Hops
Place a small towel on the floor. Work your legs and your heart.



High Knees
A fun variation of cheerleaders. If you tighten your abs each time you pull your elbows to your knee, it is a great standing crunch.

swirl knee thing


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