Cardio from Home: An Essential Guide

Whether you make it to the gym or not, never skip your cardio session. Now burn calories & fat by resorting to the ‘at-home’ cardio guide. Here is what you can do.


We all know that Cardio is a major facet in the overall fitness routine. But with our busy schedule in place, it sometime happens that we are not able to make it to the gym. Does that mean that we skip our session for the day? No!! Consult your personal trainer and ask for at-home suggestions for cardio. He might ask you to do the following.

Heel kicks

Heel Kicks aids the hips and the quads. Both elbows should be bent at a 90 degree angle. You are required to stand on your left foot and simultaneously bring your left arm forward & push your right heel back towards your butt. Then the same with your right foot & hand while your left leg kicks back to the butt and then again vice versa and so on and so forth.

High Knees

High knees along with quads also aids the butt. Similar to heel kicks, the elbows should be bent to a 90 degree angle. While you stand on your right foot, you should raise your knees till hip height and at the same time bring your right arm forward. Then, alternatively, stand on your left foot and raise the right knees till your hips with your left arm forward. These are two very common suggestions that you might get.


Star Jumps

Your certified personal trainer must have told you about the star jump. All you need to do is put your arms by your side and stand tall with knees bent marginally. Then, jump up by extending both your hands and legs sideways to form a star like formation while you are in the air. The idea is to have a straight back and tight abs while performing the exercise. Remember to land softly on your way down without exerting too much pressure on your feet.



A calmer alternative in terms of energy required would be doing squats. Squats aid the thighs, hips and buttocks.To start, stand with your both feet kept wide apart from each other. Then, with both your hands stretched out in front to maintain balance, lower yourself by bending down your knees till at a right angle. The thighs should be parallel to the floor and the back should be kept straight.


Now many of you might not find cardio exercise as a popular option when at home. In that case, go for natural remedies. Forget techniques and what your personal trainer said, just put on your favorite track and start dancing till you drop. Clock yourself with a timer. It might just happen that you surpass the target that was set, and that too with ease because of the fun element involved. You might not even realise how many calories you have burnt.

Cardio Kickboxing

Another excellent form of cardiovascular fitness is cardio kickboxing. You must be having a DVD of the same. Put it to use. Follow the lunges, punches and squats that are exhibited in the video. Better yet, you can subscribe to a YouTube channel and subject yourself to free classes. Cardio Kickboxing helps you develop strength and increases your overall flexibility.

Contact Your Online Personal Trainer

Many of you might feel that you need proper guidance even when you are at home. This is when your online personal trainer will come in handy. You can sign in on a Skype chat and seek suggestions in real time. Your trainer might tell you how to go about the workout or even demonstrate. You can closely follow your trainer and repeat whatever is being demonstrated.

It’s needless to say that whether you make it to the gym or not, try not to miss out on your cardio sessions, even when at home.