Looking to burn a little more this year? Here's a workout that will tone your core while also giving you a cardio blast — no equipment required!
1. JUMPING JACKS / SLOW MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS
Alternate between jumping jacks and slow mountain climbers with no rest between each set. Start with 10 reps of both jumping jacks and slow mountain climbers, repeating 10 jacks with each round, but decreasing the number of mountain climbers by one each time.
- 10 jumping jacks / 10 slow mountain climbers
- 10 jumping jacks / 9 slow mountain climbers
- Count your way down to 10 jumping jacks / 1 slow mountain climber
To make it easier: Start with 5 mountain climbers, and decrease to 1.
To make it harder: Start with 20 mountain climbers and work down to 1.
2. LATERAL JUMPS (“MIMES”) / PLANK JACKS
Alternate with no rest between mimes and plank jacks, completing 10 mimes each round, and decreasing the number of plank jacks by one each round.
Mimes: Swing your wrists as if turning a rope, keep your shoulders back, core tight and jump side to side.
Plank jacks (this is a more challenging version that includes a push-up):
- 10 mimes / 10 plank jacks
- 10 mimes / 9 plank jacks
- Count your way down to 10 mimes / 1 plank jack
To make it easier: Beginners can start at 5 plank jacks and work your way down to 1.
To make it harder: Challenge yourself by starting with 20 plank jacks and work your way down to 1.
3. HIGH KNEES / OUTER & INNER HEEL TOUCHES
Alternate between high knees and outer/inner heel touches with no rest between each round.
- 10 high knees / 10 outer & inner heel touches
- 10 high knees / 9 outer & inner heel touches
- Count your way down to 10 high knees / 1 outer & inner heel touch
Outer & inner heel touches: Lie on the ground with your knees bent and feet touching the floor, about hips' distance apart. To start, your arms are at your sides. Crunch up to the right, lifting up a few inches so you can reach out and touch your right heel with your right hand. Lower and repeat on the left side. That's 1 rep.
To make it easier: Beginners can start at 5 outer and inner heel touches and work your way down to 1.
To make it harder: Challenge yourself by starting with 20 outer and inner heel touches and work your way down to 1.
Repeat this entire workout two-four times for the maximum benefit.
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