With a limited amount of space in which to exercise, sometimes it can be tough to perform cardiovascular exercises on indoor exercise equipment such as a treadmill, stair climber, rowing machine or elliptical trainer. Nevertheless, you can still reach a high level of fitness by maintaining a daily workout routine that needs no special equipment, and can still be practiced in the small setting of an apartment.
Exercise #1: Simulating Cross Country Skiing
Instead of using an expensive piece of equipment, like an elliptical trainer, which can also take up a good deal of space, you can try this exercise that simulates cross country skiing and offers the same aerobic benefits. Start the exercise by placing one leg forward about three feet in front of your other leg. Shift your forward leg back and your back leg forward while doing the same with your arms. Therefore, if you move your left leg forward, then you should also move your right arm forward and up in the air while you move your left arm back. Alternate this movement until you complete one set of 30 repetitions. Work up to 2 sets or 30 repetitions each per day.
Exercise #2: Jumping Rope without the Rope
You can also obtain a good cardio workout by simulating working out with an invisible jump rope. This type of cardio exercise will increase your strength and balance along with building your cardiovascular endurance. Start the exercise standing upright with your feet about shoulder length apart. Keep your elbows at the side as you pretend you’re grasping an invisible jump rope. Push off on your toes and start jumping while you swing your arms in a circular motions as if you’re holding onto the rope. Perform 1 set of 100 jumps and work up to 3 sets of 100 if possible.
Exercise #3: Jumping Jacks
One of the best overall conditioning and cardio workouts is traditional jumping jacks. This type of workout is great for building up your endurance. Begin the exercise by standing with your feet together and with your hands at your side. Start jumping, moving your feet out to the sides about shoulder length apart, while bringing your arms and hands above your head before returning to the starting position. Repeat until you’ve completed a set. Make sure that your movements are controlled, but are executed quickly. Start with one set of 100 and work up to two sets of 100 repetitions each.
Exercise #4: Hopscotch
This cardio workout is a variation of the children’s game of hopscotch. Not only will this particular routine provide you with aerobic benefits, it will also help you focus on being better coordinated as well. Start the drill by hopping forward on your right foot, then hop forward again, but this time on both feet and then one more time on your left foot. Hop backwards on both feet three times and repeat the drill again. Complete one set of 10 repetitions.
All of the above exercises need no additional equipment, just your willingness to obtain the aerobic benefits associated with a cardio routine.