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The 15-Minute Cardio Workout Perfect for Beginners Trying to Lose Weight

We've all been there. You have the best intentions of being one of those people who consistently work out, and then life happens. Whether you're just getting started or you're jumping back into the workout world after a brief hiatus, this routine is a great place to start. Cardiovascular fitness is an important part of getting healthy—whether you want to lose weight or not.

A common misconception with cardio is that it has to be done on a treadmill, elliptical, or stair machine at the gym, and that it has to be boring AF. Trainer Sarah Kusch, who created this workout, says, "Not true!" Cue up this routine anywhere, anytime for a 15-minute cardio blast that'll have you sweating without counting the minutes until you can be done. Plus, unlike a conventional cardio machine at the gym, these dynamic movements get way more muscles working—which means more calories burned in the process.

You'll need: No equipment is needed for this workout. An exercise mat is optional.
How it works: Work through the warm-up—and don't skip the recovery stretches at the end.

Want more? Get the entire series of videos that will help you jumpstart your journey with Weight Management Jumpstart, at-home classes by Sarah Kusch on Grokker. Shape readers get 30 percent off with promo code SHAPE9, so you can start toning your body today.

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