Yesterday I posted some new non-gym, non machine cardio workouts that I found in Men’s Health magazine. Today I tried them and wow- I do believe they kicked my butt!
I started with the 55 workout which is 1 deep squat then 9 pushups, 2 deep squats then 8 pushups, etc. working your way to 9 deep squats and 1 push up. I tried to do regular push ups but I have to admit my knees hit the floor a few times. This is a great way to combine both cardio and strength.
On to the Jumping Jack Pyramid. This one will really get your heart pumping but I did make a few adjustments. The basic routine:
10 seconds of jumping jacks followed by 10 seconds of rest. 20 seconds of jumping jacks followed by 20 seconds of rest. 30 seconds of jumping jacks followed by 30 seconds of rest. 20 seconds of jumping jacks followed by 20 seconds of rest, etc. Do 3 sets up and down the pyramid.
This is a great cardio workout but after I finished 30 seconds of jumping jacks my heart was pounding so I didn’t want to stop and rest. Instead, I marched in place for 30 seconds. Suddenly stopping when your heart is pounding can cause venous blood pooling which can lead to light-headedness or fainting.
With this modification of moving moderately instead of resting, I did 3 sets up and down. I have to say this was a great cardio workout and a nice change of pace from the treadmill or bike. This is a no excuses workout- you can do it at home, you don’t need much space and no equipment needed. Try it!