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 more intense 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.) Return legs and arms to center, keeping fists clenched and in front of face, and quickly jump right foot to side while punching right arm to side. 5.) Bring arms and legs to center and repeat 2 sets of 10-15 repetitions. 6.) Repeat Steps 1-4 on left side.
Mountain Climber 1.) Get on the ground on knees and place arms in front of you shoulder-width apart. 2.) Jump onto front part of feet. 3.) Starting on right side, keeping back as flat as possible, jump right foot as close to hands as possible. 4.) Repeat with left foot. 5.) Perform 2 sets of 15-25 repetitions on each side per workout.
Side Kickout 1.) Standing with shoulders back and feet together, place arms in front of your chin in an upward 90-degree angle with fists clenched. 2.) Kick right leg with toe pointed, out to side at a 90-degree angle, while elevating left foot onto toe.
3.) Return feet to center and repeat with left leg. 4.) Start out going slowly to gain balance and height with kicks, and gradually increase speed to double time to increase intensity of exercise. 5.) Repeat 2 sets of 15-25 repetitions on each side 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.