Fire Up Your Cardio Workout


While some people choose to use workout equipment such as elliptical trainers and treadmills, there are easier ways of doing these exercises. It is important to remember that the ideal cardio exercise is one that an individual enjoys.

  • Frog Jumps

Start by squatting to the floor with the feet apart. Place the hands in front on the ground. Engage the quads, hamstrings, and glutes then jump up from the floor. Place the heels together and lift the hands up or place them behind the head. Ensure the knees are bent as you land back to the starting position to avoid injuring the joints.

  • Mountain Climbers

Start in a push-up position with the body weight supported by the toes and hands, back flat and the abs engaged. Place the right knee close to the chest and the foot on the floor. Jump up and shift the feet in the air so as to place the left foot close to the chest. Alternate the feet and increase the speed accordingly for one minute.

  • Squat Jumps

With the feet hip-width apart, squat as low as possible. Touch the ground with the fingertips and ensure the hips are a little raised to protect the knees from excessive pressure. Jump as high as possible and lift the hands up above the head. Go back to the squatting position and ensure to land upon soft knees.

  • Burpees

Place the feet hip-width apart. Squat to the ground and place the hands in front. Plunge the feet explosively behind to assume a push-up position leaving the body, toes, and hands in a straight line. One can choose to do a push up on the knees or toes before plunging the feet back to the starting position.

  • Plyo Jacks

With the feet together, assume a squatting position. Place the arms in front and plunge the feet out to assume a squatting position. Swing the arms up above the head and plunge the feet back together. Swing the arms back to the starting position.