Just because the cold weather is trapping you inside it doesn’t mean that you can’t get a great cardio workout done. It just means that you need to be a bit more strategic about the way you do it. After all, your space is going to be more limited than if you were outside running along the side of the road.
The main idea behind getting a truly intense indoor cardio workout is to make sure you’re focusing on getting the most out of your limited space as well as on your time. This usually means you’re going to place a lot of focus on using your own body weight in your favor, and you’ll need to focus on getting your movements right to really work up a sweat.
The following are some of the best indoor cardio workouts I’ve found and that I plan to use throughout the winter to help me stay fit and keep my weight where it should be:
1 – The Indoor Cardio Calorie Crusher Workout – What I like about this one is that it only needs a tiny amount of space. It’s even possible in a dorm room, let alone an apartment or house. If you can lay down a yoga mat, you pretty much have all the space you’ll need for this one. It’s a combination of a lot of moves that are broken down into sets of 45 seconds each. I like that type of workout because it lets me feel a sense of continual achievement that pushes me forward and stops me from getting bored, even if I keep going for around 45 minutes, which is about the length of this one.
2 – Men’s Health Indoor Cardio Workout – What I like about this workout is that it comes with a video (and I’m a sucker for a video) and it’s only 10 to 20 minutes long. If I’m in a hurry or am feeling especially unmotivated, this one’s great for diving in and getting the job done. I also love the list of tweaks to alter the various movements to your own fitness level.
3 – The Self 20-Minute Indoor Cardio Workout – Technically, this workout was designed for when it’s too hot outside for cardio, but the whole point is that it’s designed to be done indoors no matter what’s going on outside, right? I like that this is an intense, 20 minute workout and each movement is listed and described with text but supported with a mini-video for those of us who aren’t as good at spoken directions and need a visual. This one’s a great full body workout while getting that cardio in within a limited space.
4 – The Ripped Dude’s indoor cardio workout – This isn’t my favorite in terms of layout, but I love that it has a day 1 and day 2 option to keep things fresh and allow for muscle recovery on alternate days.