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Cardio workouts at home

There are numerous options if you want a good cardio workout from your home. Some of the best options include:

Walking or running: All you need for this is a good pair of shoes. Research shows that walking or running three times a week for at least twenty minutes is a great base for overall conditioning, with either a brisk walk or easy jogging effective in getting your heart rate going sufficiently.

Other methods of achieving a good home-based cardio workout include:

  • Stair climbing
  • Skipping
  • Mini-trampoline
For just a small investment you could have a home version of the cardio machines you see at a gym - a stationary bike or stepper for example.

These don't have to be expensive - there are always loads for sale in local newspapers, at garage sales, or on e-bay.

If you decide to take this route, be sure to check out anything before you buy it - quality varies widely, and a cheap useless machine is a frustrating waste of space.

The other consideration if you are buying equipment is the space in your house - it's easy to misjudge whether a piece of equipment will fit, so carefully measure the space you have available.

Alternatively you could put on your favourite music and dance, or use a keep fit video of some kind (aerobics, yoga, Pilates etc). Again, you'll find a great selection available on e-bay.

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