Cardiovascular exercise is essential to keeping your heart strong and healthy and comes in many forms such as running, walking, biking, swimming, dancing, or kickboxing, among others. See below for kicked-up cardio moves that you combine with other cardio exercises for a heart-pumping workout.
1.) Stand with feet facing forward, legs together, and arms in an upward 90-degree angle close to sides with fists clenched.
2.) Hold left fist in front of face as if guarding your face, while you punch forward with your right fist, extending arm until straight in front of you.
3.) While extending right arm, twist right hip to front while bringing right foot forward.
4.) Bring arms and legs to center and repeat 2 sets of 10-15 repetitions.
5.) Repeat Steps 1-4 on left side.
Jumping Jack Step-Out 1.) Stand with feet facing forward and arms at your sides. 2.) Jump feet out in a V-shape with feet shoulder-width apart while raising arms above head in a V-shape. 3.) Return to starting position. 4.) Repeat jumping jack motion while stepping out to right side. 5.) Return to center and repeat Steps 1-4 on left side. 6.) Perform 2-3 sets of 15-25 repetitions on each side per workout.
Skier’s Side Leaps 1.) Standing with shoulders back and feet together, place arms to sides. 2.) Jump right foot out to side, while soon after crossing left foot in front of right. At the same time, put arms out into an L shape with right arm straight out to side and left arm straight out to front. 3.) Take foot and jump out to left side, while crossing right foot in front of left. At the same time, rotate arms so left arm is straight out to side and right arm is straight out to front.
4.) Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for two sets of 15 repetitions per workout.
Any of the above cardio moves can be combined with walking, jogging, running, strength training, or dancing to create a well-rounded and exciting workout that you can perform on the go, anywhere you may be!
It is important to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day for at least 3 to 4 days a week to keep your heart healthy and metabolism strong.