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Fat-Blasting At Home Cardio Workouts!

Happy 50th Birthday Hula Hoop!photo © 2008 Tony | more info (via: Wylio)We all have days when there just isn’t time to get to training or boot camp classes. So we wondered: Which close-to-home cardio activities blast fat fastest? Wonder no more. Here are some of the top cardio and fat-blasting workouts that you can do close to home.  Try any one of these, and you’ll boost your metabolism for up to a whole day afterward. One small workout, one giant payoff.

1. Inline skating. Burns 425 calories in 30 minutes Surprised? While skating might be so much fun you forget you’re actually working out, it’s also numero uno on our list when it comes to blasting fat and calories.The big burn stems from the side-to-side movement of your thigh and butt muscles (demanding more from your body than the straightforward motion of our number-two activity — running). So combine your weekend activities for the kids with ice skating at the Petit Center and you may just get an awesome workout. Can’t make it out? Buy some fitness discs and skate on your wood floors!
2. Running. Burns 374 calories in 30 minutes. The typical runner’s shape is sleek and lean, and there’s a reason for that: The major running muscles — legs, butt, core — happen to be the biggest calorie-and-fat-burning muscles in your body. To get the most out of each stride, swing your arms close to your body, don’t lean forward, and keep your feet low to the ground. Alternate intervals. Can’t get out of the house? Run your stairs. Be careful and keep a hand on the railing!
3. Jumping rope. Burns 340 calories in 30 minutes. You knew this workout had to be high on the list. After all, it’s one of pro boxers’ favorite ways to train. Jump with your feet slightly apart and body upright, and keep your jumps low to the ground. Don’t have a rope? You’ll get the same benefits by doing the movements rope-free.

4. Hula hooping. Burns 300 calories in 30 minutes. That’s right! Even better, this is an activity you can share with the kids! To do it yourself, grab an adult-sized hoop (they’re larger and heavier than kids’ hoops, making them easier to spin); you’ll know you have the right size if it reaches your chest when you stand it up in front of you. No fancy moves required, either. Simply keep it going around your waist.

5. Dancing. Burns 221 calories in 30 minutes. And no we don’t mean hitting the club and downing sugary cocktails all night! (Feel free to do this sans cocktail and shake your groove thing, however.) This may not be the biggest calorie-burner in the bunch, but it’s still an excellent — and fun! — metabolism booster. The key is to keep the tempo high, choosing songs with fast rhythms like Latin or Bollywood, and don’t rest between songs. Your kids will either roll their eyes or have a blast joining you!

6. Walking vigorously. Burns 170 calories in 30 minutes. Does your child want to try out some alone time with friends at the mall? But you aren’t ready to leave them their totally on their own? Get your mall walk on! That’s right, walking actually made our list. Full disclosure, though: A leisurely stroll with a friend won’t cut it. You should be walking briskly enough that it’s difficult to keep up a steady conversation.To get the most from your biggest calorie-burning muscles — legs, butt, and core — take short, quick steps, keep your torso upright, and pump your arms back and forth (not side to side) in time with your stride. Going to severely embarrass your child? Head to a different floor or bundle up and circle the mall parking lot!

7.)  Mini-Trampoline.  Jumping on a mini-trampoline is a safe exercise for people of all fitness levels.  It’s an aerobic activity that is low impact while improving overall muscle tone.  For an indoor winter workout that is both fun and beneficial, bouncing on a mini-trampoline keeps exercise boredom away. As you advance, look up mini-trampoline exercise videos on youtube for greater inspiration.

Sources: health.com, Reid St. John.

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