Cardio is important to get your heart rate up so you maximize fat burning during a workout. Always try to do a quick warm-up before a toning workout, or just start your day with a little bit of cardio! Here is a quick 10 minute routine to get you started.
– criss cross squat jumps (40 seconds)
Start in a standing position with legs a little wider than shoulder distance apart. Squat down and then jump up, crossing one leg in front of the other. Jump back out and squat down again, then jump up and cross the opposite leg in front. Repeat.
– side jog with knee hold (10 right/left)
Stand with one knee raised and the opposite arm bent in front of you. Jog to the side a few times and then raise the opposite knee and arm. Repeat back and forth.
– squat jabs (40 seconds)
Sink down into a half squat position and raise your arms in front of you in a block position. Jab across your body with one arm and then with the other.
– alternating leaping side lunge (10 each side)
From a standing position step out to one side and sink down into a side lunge, touching the ground. Leap up to neutral and shuffle to sink down into a side lunge on the opposite side. Repeat from side to side.
– skipping elbow to knee (40 seconds)
From a standing position raise one knee and meet it with the opposite elbow. Switch to the other knee with opposite elbow while doing a slight jump, creating a skipping motion as you go back and forth.
– speed skaters (20 each side)
Start in a standing position with legs together. Raise one leg slightly with knee bent and then push it back behind you as you bend forward slightly, with the opposite arm bent in front of you. Come back to neutral and then repeat on the other side.
– jump rope (40 seconds)
Start in a standing position with arms out to your sides. As you jump up and down circle your arms slightly.
– windmill lateral leaps with curtsy lunge (10 each side)
From standing with arms at sides take one leg back behind you and out to the side into a lunge position. Your arms can come down to touch in front of you and then circle back as you stand up with legs together and switch to repeat on the other side.
You can also view this workout video on my youtube channel at Body Compass Discovery’s 10 Minute Cardio Routine.
Disclaimer: I am not a physical trainer, I am simply sharing workouts that I choose to do for myself. These exercises may not be suitable for everyone and should be attempted with caution. You are participating in these exercises at your own risk. By engaging in these activities you are the judge of your own fitness level and capabilities and assume any risks of personal injury.