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60-Second Cardio Moves

Fast Exercises You Can Do Anywhere!

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  • Full on jumping is a no no because of my fake knees. Jacks can be modified by quickly moving one leg out to your side in line with your body then bringing it in before you do the same with your other leg. Traditional arm movements can be done, or you can start with your arms over your head...right beside by your ears. Simply pull both arms down until your hands are at your shoulders...then quickly return so this is done with each leg movement. (Thanks Jessica Smith for teaching me how to do this!) The goal is to jack up your heart rate without stressing any joints! Elevating our heart rate is crucial for cardiovascular health; doing one of these moves during a commercial break seems like a good idea. After 60 seconds just walk around the room until your breathing returns to normal. - 1/24/2016 9:17:25 AM
  • 65MEMBERS
    If you can't jump doing jumping jacks, just move feet out to the sides but don't jump.
    - 1/20/2016 5:36:33 PM
  • 65MEMBERS
    can do most, working on mountain climbers. Hard on my wrists. - 1/20/2016 5:34:56 PM
  • Burpees, jumping jacks, jump rope - 10/30/2015 7:42:04 AM
  • These are some fun and effective moves! Thanks for the great article, photos, and idea. - 9/24/2015 7:53:19 PM
  • As soon as my knees are replaced, I'll be doing these. Now it's just walking at work (with my cane), isometrics and upper body strength training with a 5# weight.

    Sigh. - 6/6/2015 1:41:54 PM
  • Jumping jacks are a high-impact move. Both feet are leaving the floor at the same time. How about an exercise for those of us who can't jump due to physical limitations? - 5/22/2015 1:04:48 PM
  • KSCOKER
    I am grateful for the low impact level of your exercise options. Being just diagnosed with a rare disease that has literally killed my ankle bones I cannot do any jumping-type exercise, but need to get this weight off to help keep my ankles from collapsing. Thank you greatly. - 5/11/2015 10:55:11 AM
  • Great idea with moves that are easy to learn and remember. Thanks Spark People! - 5/9/2015 9:38:23 AM
  • CATNOLTE11
    These are very helpful. With a bit of a wonky lower back and being 71, I'll modify a few, but breaking out short intervals is doable, even for 'geezer' thanks - 4/21/2015 11:29:04 PM
  • Ten minute increments of exercise are beneficial. For instance, 3 workout sessions 10 minutes each exercise...equal to 30 mins of exercise is beneficial. As your body strengthens you can work up to an hour. I hope I helped answer your question.

    :D - 4/17/2015 1:59:42 PM
  • Ok, we have some contradictory information here. SP talks about short workouts being beneficial, but in the next breath says that if you don't work out for an hour a day, you're not doing enough. So what's the truth? I've been asking this question and have never gotten an answer. - 2/10/2015 11:05:49 AM
  • JANASCH
    I exercise after work, but that wasn't a choice. - 6/16/2014 9:44:07 PM
  • Perfect timing! I'm trying to fit short bursts of exercise in first thing in the morning before leaving home. This will give me a nice variety, and I'll try to fit in the whole 10 min.

    Right now I'm doing squats while I brush my teeth, some wall pushups, and some crunch moves.

    Thanks so much!! - 4/9/2014 8:37:39 AM
  • thanks for putting this together Nicole, great idea for quick 10 minute cardio! - 12/9/2013 12:25:48 PM

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