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Cardio Workouts Without Running

End Your Running Rut With These Indoor Cardio Alternatives!

Although running always promises a good workout, there are others ways to get a cardio kick. For your next workout, try giving the treadmill a rest for alternative moves like jumping jacks and squats. With no equipment needed, these exercises can be done at home and will increase your heart rate, tone your body, and get you out of a running rut. Give this list a shot and get ready to sweat!

  • Stairs: If your home or apartment building has access to stairs, take advantage of them! Stairs are a great way to exercise your heart and lungs, while strengthening your lower body too. Switch it up between running, hopping, and even squatting. The options are endless; these five stair moves are a good place to start.
  • Jumping Jacks: Although basic, jumping jacks are a great way to get your cardio fix. In fact, they are so effective, they are a staple in seven-minute HIIT workouts. You can also switch things up with cross jacks!
  • High Knees: Also known as running in place, high knees are a popular exercise in Tabata workouts. Try doing them across the floor of your living room or high knees in a plank position for a full-body workout.
  • Burpees: The burpee is a boot camp and CrossFit staple. It's a great move that gets your heart pounding and works your arms, legs, and core. Learn how to do a burpee here.
  • Squat Jumps: Ready for a toughie? Squat jumps will definitely give you a cardio fix and a burn in your quads. Two sets of 10 reps is all you need.
  • Class FitSugar: Instead of a run, try our very own lower body cardio workout. A little cardio and a lot of lower body work will give your booty a lift and tone your gams in minutes.
  • Sliders: For a move that gets your heart pumping in seconds, try mountain climbers. Try to see how many reps you can do in one minute, then rest and repeat. The Valslide or similar alternatives provide an extra challenge.
  • Power Yoga: Although yoga can be relaxing, it can be a great cardio workout too. This power yoga sequence will get your heart rate going. It also has strength training benefits that will increase your flexibility — bonus!
  • Dancing: Almost too fun to be considered a workout, dancing is a great way to work up a sweat and burn major calories. To get started, crank up your favorite beat or try one of these dance workouts.
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