This workout only requires one prop — and it’s probably already in your home.
Many of us equate cardio with hours spent in the gym, sweating on fancy machinery. If that doesn’t appeal to you, try this simple at-home cardio workout that you can do without the intimidation that often comes with the gym.
This workout only requires one prop: steps. If you don’t have stairs inside your home, try using outdoor steps at a nearby park, or even the stairs in your office building during the lunch hour.
At-Home Cardio Workout: Simple Steps
Begin by using one step at a time, alternating stepping up and down. For added intensity, increase your speed and pump your arms. As you step, plant each foot firmly down and engage your core. Once you’ve mastered this, you can begin to skip every other step, as an advanced option. Move faster and slower for to turn this into an interval workout. Don’t hesitate to make this your own!
Benefits of Performing a Cardio Workout
Cardio workouts increase endurance and strengthen your lower body. Being physically active is also important in preventing heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other health conditions. To improve cardiovascular health, we recommend 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise every week. Mixing cardio workouts with strength training, such as performing push-ups, sit-ups or lifting weights is recommended for best results. You can also add in yoga, which helps to both stretch and strengthen the muscles.
Customizing workouts to your individual fitness level is important for preventing injury. Never hesitate to take a water break or slow down your workout, when needed. If you’re interested in taking your workout to the next level, visit one of our Cincinnati-area HealthPlexes to learn more about group fitness, personal training, and additional workout opportunities.