The Cardio Sucks Routine

I hate cardio. There, I said it.


I used to absolutely love running and boasted holding the school record in high school for the 3200m, while also running the 800m and 1600m. That’s a lot of running. And at 16, I loved every mile. Now, running is just plain hard on virtually every aspect of my body. So, in addition to my morning and evening yoga routines, how do I add cardio to keep my body and heart in prime condition? The answer is super easy and best of all; requires no equipment with the exception of a stair (or small stool) and a jump rope (or your imagination). 

If you, like me are a cardio-hater, this is the routine for you:


Prior to warming up, be sure to stretch out your hamstrings, quads, calves, inner thighs for at least 2 minutes.


Warming-Up:
Complete Each Warm-Up for 2 Minutes
  • March In Place
  • Jump Rope (either with a rope or just using your imagination)
  • Step-Ups (alternating legs)

The Routine:
Start:
  • Cross Jacks/Jumping Jacks 2 min.
  • Squats 1 min.
  • Side Lunges (alternating) 20 reps. each leg
  • Jump Rope 1 min.
  • Jump Squats 15 reps.


Cool Down: March in Place 1 min.


  • [Everyone’s Favorite] Burpees 15 reps


Repeat Start:
  • Cross Jacks/Jumping Jacks 2 min.
  • Squats 1 min.
  • Side Lunges (alternating) 20 reps. each leg
  • Jump Rope 1 min.
  • Jump Squats 15 reps.


Cool Down: Stair Step 2 min.


Finish Line:
Push-ups 20 reps.
Abs (your choice ie crunches, lifts, plank, etc) 5 min.
Tricep Dips 30 reps

Cool Down: March in Place 2 min.

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