A Cardio Workout That Anyone Can Do


By: , – Jessica Smith, Certified Personal Trainer
2/26/2014 12:00 AM   :  16 comments   :  58,357 Views

The secret to getting started with exercise is simply doing what you can with what you have, today! There’s no need to join a gym or buy fancy equipment--you can start exercising right now with this full-length workout video that incorporates some simple every day items you probably already have around the house (like a sturdy chair and a broom). Join my mom, Debbie, and me for this get-up-and-go routine that can easily be done at home with little space and zero equipment.
Try this routine up to 3 non-consecutive days per week to spark your fitness habit!
And, if you enjoy this workout, please be sure to check out all of our beginner workouts on our website. Need something even more low-key to start with? Check out our seated chair workout series for more options. 

Like this workout? Be sure to subscribe at Youtube.com/JessicaSmithTV to access a full library of over 150 FREE full-length workout videos. New episodes air every Saturday at noon EST!

About the Author
Jessica Smith is co-author of the Thin in 10 Weight Loss Plan (Sunrise River Press, 2012), and a certified wellcoach, personal trainer and group fitness instructor. Having started her ownfitness journey more than 40 pounds ago, Jessica knows how challenging it can be to lose weight (and keep it off). Recently named one of Sharecare's Top 10 Online Influencers, she loves finding and sharing the latest info on weight loss, fitness, and healthy lifestyle habits. The star of several best-selling exercise DVDs, Jessica has over 13 years of experience in the industry, and holds a bachelor's degree in Communications from Fordham University.

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  • STELL504
    does any one know how do you track this workout ? .. i track it as 6 calories per minute on the low end, to 11 calories per minute on the high end. so between 222 to 407 calories in 30min i could be wrong

    if anyone else know please help - 2/23/2015   10:01:30 PM
    will start to do some of her workout,today. - 6/3/2014   8:10:25 PM
  • 14
    Curious as to how others are tracking this - low impact aerobics? or? - 4/24/2014   12:30:56 PM
    I enjoyed this and, surprisingly, was a bit stiff and sore the next day-yay...it's working! Now I'm trying to add it to my favs but don't know how?? - 3/19/2014   9:27:53 AM
    I just finished this and I absolutely love it! will definitely do this as part of my beginners exercise routine. Thank you!!! - 3/8/2014   10:27:06 PM
  • 11
    Checked out Jessica's walking workout a couple of days ago. It really kicked my behind. Getting ready to walk my dog, Libby, now. Will be back to try out this video. Already subscribed to her YouTube channel. - 3/6/2014   12:15:04 PM
  • MUSTANG5513
    This is great if you have a 5000 square foot room to exercise in. - 3/4/2014   1:42:45 PM
  • 9
    I just did this workout. Great cues and alternate moves for those beginners. Saw a lot of yoga poses in the workout! (Plank, chair pose, moving warrior I lunge, spinal balance standing, prayer hand stretch, plank on the wall, side lateral flexion.) Instead of the broom, I have a 4lb body bar, and did the chest press and deadlifts and side stretch with it. Nice! I'm going to recommend this workout out on the Heart Inspire network. Gaileee - 3/4/2014   11:13:45 AM
  • 8
    Tried this and it was great. Not sure how to track this though. - 2/28/2014   2:25:44 PM
  • 7
    Thanks for a great plan. - 2/27/2014   2:01:33 PM
  • 6
    LOVE THIS!! I've only been exercising for about 2 months at the gym walking on the treadmill and just starting the elliptical...I have asthma, and I'm a big girl lol EVEN I CAN DO THIS!! Checking out more of her beginner videos on youtube ;) - 2/27/2014   10:36:46 AM
    I enjoyed the workout but it wasn't as much cardio as I expected, much more of a strength workout, I think. - 2/26/2014   10:45:31 PM
  • 4
    I love, love, love Jessica Smith! Now that she has improved audio equipment I appreciate her clear explanations of each move and this workout is for beginners, but it still made my muscles sore! Excellent! - 2/26/2014   10:06:20 PM
    How can I do exercises when I have copd, and asthma, its hard for me to do anything fisacal when I cant breath. - 2/26/2014   2:58:47 PM
  • 2
    That was great. I have knee and back issues and must exercise daily. Most all moves were on my "can do" list. Was wonderful. Thanks much for a gentle workout for those of us with some limitations. - 2/26/2014   1:41:08 PM
  • 1
    OK. That was an awesome workout. I feel totally energized and ready for anything! Thank you so much. Calorie count? who really cares! - 2/26/2014   7:10:17 AM

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