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Mini-Cardio Bursts: When It’s Too Hot to Run


When it’s too hot and muggy to run outside I like to take my cardio indoors. My favorite thing to do is to work short intense cardio bursts into my strength training routine. It saves time and doesn’t require as much space as say, a dance workout DVD, which I love (my downstairs neighbors don’t) but do not have room for in my studio apartment. 

Incorporating jumping jacks, jogging in place, and burpees are great options but lately I’ve been into this five-minute video from Gaiam. Having the video helps me push harder and stay out of my jumping jacks-, jogging-, burpee-rut. Plus, the moves below engage more muscle groups to help me tone my body while torching calories. 

I like to start my home workout with a little abs work followed by one round of this video. Next, I’ll do super sets, which is when you do two moves in a row with no rest in between. I’ll work two different body parts, let’s say chest and shoulders and follow that up with another round of cardio.  I usually repeat this one or two more times for a total of 15 to 20 minutes of cardio and then cool it down with a stretch. The next day I’ll do the same thing focusing on two different body parts like triceps and back.

I promise you, these moves seem easy (and the music is cheesy) but they are not! You will be sweating in no time! 


What’s your favorite form of indoor cardio? Suggestions welcome while it’s hot and muggy in NYC!

As an editor at SHAPE I have the chance to learn about the healthiest ways to cook, eat, and live from all sorts of experts but I’m also a single girl living in NYC with a busy schedule, active social life, and chocolate cravings. I’m here to share what works for me—and where I need a little help from you.


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