Winter is coming. With that said, getting your cardio fix in at home or on the road is tough without having some sort of a machine. Well you’re wrong! You just have to get creative and motivated! I ran into this issue last year when the hotels I was staying at had broken down or unsafe looking treadmills and bikes. But, over the last couple of years, I’ve put together some great cardio-burst workouts to get you sweating!
Stairs. Yes! They are everywhere! They’re in our house, our hotels, office buildings, and basically anywhere else with more than one floor. And they will literally kick you’re tushy! Here’s a stairs workout from Oxygen Mag that I did last week while I was away from home (click logo for link).
Jump Rope. Not only does jumping rope get your heart going, but it’s a killer workout for your calfs. I love jumping rope
in-between strength training sets to keep my heart rate up. Ropes are small and light weight, which makes them an easy tool to take anywhere. Just make sure if you’re jumping in your hotel room, its not at 6am or late at night. Check out my jump rope cardio for in-between workouts.
HIIT. HIIT workouts are awesome because you can do them with very little space. You could also turn you’re entire workout into a HIIT. Whether you want a cardio fix or a full blown workout, HIIT is the way to go. I like to use the Gym Boss app for all my timed workouts. Otherwise it can be tough to keep your time and workouts in check. Here’s two HIIT workouts for you to try! You can always sub in the jumping movements if your worried about bothering your neighbors below you.
Tabata. This workout is a type of HIIT, just a bit more specific. Tabatas are great if you are really strapped for time. It’ll still get
your heart pumping and help you burn fat throughout the day. Tabata consists of working hard for 20 seconds and resting for 10 seconds. There are normally 8 sets for a total of four minutes. Again, same as a regular HIIT, you can do any sort of exercises (cardio, body weight, strength training, etc). Here’s a sample of one that I like to do.
All four of these types of workouts will help get your cardio fix in. So stop making excuses and grab your runners and get going! Don’t forget to pump the tunes 😉