Have you been hustling your face off in your cardio workout but sick of the same old routine? Would you love to have something away from the normal treadmill routine? Today, I’m going to shoot an old tried-and-true method that won’t require much space or time.
Rope Skipping: The Cardio Workout of Champions
Rope skipping is an excellent way to build your cardiovascular endurance and develop your lower leg muscles. When I first started using a jump rope, I had some reservations. I wasn’t coordinated and knew I’d spend a lot of time whipping my ankles and tripping over the cord. However, I simply started by skipping a set number of repetitions. Once I could master 50 skips without stopping, I started to time how long I could go without tripping. Try rep counting first and then work toward timing yourself. When you can skip rope for 5-20 minutes at a time, you are fast on your way to mastering this incredible exercise tool.
Length Matters: The Cardio Workout Time Investment
Now that you have a better idea on what to do in your cardio workout, how long should it be? And, what should the effort be? I have a super simple answer for both of those questions – a little time in short bursts of high-intensity. As an example, in The Home Workout Plan: How to Master Cardio in 30 Days, I shared the following.
You may be in for a bit of a shock then. According the National Center for Biotechnology (NCBI), the effect of regular aerobic or steady state exercise is negligible.[i] However, NCBI researched an option called high-intensity intermittent exercise (HIIE, also called high-intensity interval training or HIIT) that has all the benefits from above. The best part is you can accomplish more with HIIE in less time than you would with traditional cardio.
This means if you are trying to lose weight, put on muscle, increase your endurance or improve your overall health, then you only need a little time and even less equipment. I’m confident I have quite a few solutions to enable you for awhile in The Home Workout Plan: How to Master Cardio in 30 Days. I’ll shoot you one more recommendation this Thursday that I use when pressed for resources, space or time.
More Cardio Workouts on the Way
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(Excerpt featured in The Home Workout Plan: How to Master Cardio in 30 Days)
This blog post proposes exercise recommendations and all readers should consult a qualified medical professional before starting this or any other health & fitness program. As with any exercise program, if you experience any discomfort, pain or duress, stop immediately and consult your doctor. The author of this blog post disclaims any liabilities or losses in connection with the exercises or advice herein. You should inspect any equipment or workout area in advance as free of danger, flaw or compromise. The user assumes all responsibility when performing any movements contained in this blog and waives the equipment manufacturer, makers, and distributors of the equipment of all liabilities.
[i] Boutcher, S. (2010, November 24). High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise and Fat Loss. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2991639/
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