Regularly setting aside time for a 20 minute cardio workout can help you lose fat, improve your conditioning, and get fit. Just as importantly. Cardio exercise can be incredibly convenient, as there are many ways to do cardio at home. So, if the weather is bad and you can’t go to the park, you can have a fantastic workout in the comfort of your home.
We've enlisted Thinkinglifter.com founder, fitness expert, and ThatFromHome contributor Philip to put together a 20 minute cardio workout that you can do anywhere. Read on!
This workout has you do several exercises in a circuit fashion. Meaning, you have to do them back to back with minimal rest in-between. Then, as you do all of them, take a couple of minutes to rest up and do another round.
Here is what one round looks like:
Jumping Jacks (30 to 60 seconds) Up to 10 seconds of rest
Push-ups (5 to 20 reps) Up to 10 seconds of rest
Squat jumps (30 to 60 seconds) Up to 10 seconds of rest
Burpees (30 to 60 seconds) Up to 10 seconds of rest
Wall sits (30 to 60 seconds) Up to 10 seconds of rest
High knees (30 to 60 seconds) Up to 10 seconds of rest
Alternating forward lunges (10 to 20 total repetitions) Up to 10 seconds of rest
Plank (30 to 60 seconds) Up to 10 seconds of rest
This is one round of the workout. Depending on your fitness level, you can do just one round and call it a day. But, if you find that it doesn’t challenge you enough, you can do two, three, even four total rounds.
With that said, here are some considerations for this routine:
1) As a whole, this combination of exercises allows you to train your entire body, and it doesn’t place too much stress on some muscles while neglecting others.
2) If you’re a complete beginner, you should start with about 30 seconds on each exercise (and five reps on the push-up) and slowly work your way to the high end.
3) Always make sure that you’re doing the exercises with proper technique. Do them at a sustainable pace and never sacrifice good form for more time or repetitions.
4) If you want to spice up this workout even more, you can add up to a minute of jump rope at the end of each round.
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