You might recognize a lot of these cardio boot camp exercises from grade school gym class. The best part? Since you'll perform these cardio boot camp moves in intervals, you'll burn calories fast and see the results quickly. Try each of these exercises for 60 seconds, doing as many reps as you can.
Imagine you have a basketball in your hands as you stand with your knees slightly bent. Jump up, making the motion of shooting hoops with your arms. When you come down, bend your knees enough so you can touch the floor.
Also known as a squat thrust, this up and down cardio move will really have you sweating like a boot camp all-star. Stand with legs hip-width apart. Bend your knees so you can put your hands on the floor. Jump back into a plank and do one pushup. Jump your feet back toward your hands. Finally, come back up and do a jumping jack.
Step your right foot forward, bending both knees into a lunge with your front knee at a 90-degree angle. Pulse there, raising and lowering your body a few inches for 2 counts. Then, jump to switch your legs so your left leg is in the front with the knee bent at a 90-degree angle. Pulse again before jumping to switch. Keep alternating left to right.
Start standing tall with a towel or medicine ball in one hand. Then, hop slightly as you lift your right knee, passing your prop under from one hand to the other. Continue on to lift the left knee this time and then alternate quickly back and forth.
Here's one move that'll truly take you back to you grade school days. Sit down with feet flat on the floor and knees bent, placing your hands on the ground under your shoulders. Lift your butt off the ground so you're in a tabletop position, creating a straight line from your shoulders to knees. Crawl forward for 8 counts, back for 8 counts, left for 8 counts and right for 8 counts. Continue to crab walk in this square formation until time is up.
Cardio exercise gets your heart pumping, burns excess calories and helps reduce your risk of developing heart disease and some cancers. Activities like walking, running and step aerobics raise your heart rate; so do sports like tennis, soccer and racquetball. Check with your doctor before beginning any cardio exercise program.
While a gym might be the usual place to get a full cardio workout, sometimes it just isn't possible to make it there, especially if you are working or have a family that needs you at home. So how do you make cardio part of your day?