Snoozed past your gym alarm today as well, but still want to sneak in a quick workout before you begin your day? Well, this where at-home workouts come in handy. The evolution of cardio workouts from a monotonous run in the park or slogging through an episode while running your treadmill to torching cals in our living room has changed the way we workout forever--and for the better. Here's a cardio workout so that you can exercise quickly. All you need for this one is a little space in your room and 10 minutes!
Do all the moves and repeat the circuit four times. If you are a beginner, exercise for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds. For an intermediate level person, exercise for 40 seconds, rest for 20 seconds.
How it's done: Begin the exercise in a forearm plank position with your elbows under your shoulders. Keep your core engaged while you're in plank position, your hips and legs straight.
Gently tip your left hip to the left, bringing it toward the floor. Your hip does not actually need to touch the floor. Now repeat the movement on the right side, moving your right hip to the right. Keep alternating sides and allow your hips to slightly arch in the middle as you keep moving from side to side.
Do 2 X 20
Strengthens your abs, obliques and lower abs and also helps to trim down your waist
How it's done: Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart. Keep your core engaged. Bend into a squat. Place both your hands on the floor, then jump your feet back to come into a high plank position. As you move into the plank positions, your hips and leg should be straight and your wrists should be directly under your shoulders. Hop your feet forward, to come to a low squat position, and immediately stand up, squeezing your glutes at the top. If you face difficulty in jumping, just step your feet back.
Do 2 X 10
Builds strength in the legs, glutes, core, shoulders and arms and helps burn calories
How it's done: Your feet hip-width apart and take a big step to the right side with your right foot. Bend your right knee, keeping the left knee straight, bend into a lateral lunge. Bring your right foot to the starting position and push off your left foot from the floor and hop up, without placing your right foot on the floor. Now, land lightly on your left foot, and immediately bend into another lateral lunge on the right side. Move your arms comfortably to balance yourself. As you keep moving, you will gain momentum.
Do 2 X 10
Works quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and calves
How it's done: Begin in a forearm plank position with your elbows under your shoulders, your core engaged and hips and legs straight. Keep your hips still and extend your right arm to tap the floor in front of you. Return to the starting position and repeat on the same move with your left hand. Continue to alternate hands, keeping your hips level and still. If you find the move difficult, take your feet wider apart.
Do for 30 seconds
Tones your back, glutes, hamstrings, arms, and shoulders at the same time
How it's done: Start by standing with your feet hip-width apart and hands behind your head and elbows wide. Now lift your left knee towards your left elbow, also bend your torso toward the knee. Come back and up and move the knee to the ground. All this while, keep your right leg straight. Now, move your right knee, keeping your left leg straight.
Do the move for 30 seconds
This standing abs workout helps you improve your core strength and balance.
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