Although running is considered one of the most efficient workouts to lose weight and get your body in shape, believe it or not, a number of high-intensity exercises will do more for your looks than going for a run.
Plus, if you aren’t really the running type, these exercises might be just perfect for you.
Similar to up-downs with a jump added into the motion, this is a full body exercise that targets your central part and also increases your stamina. After the first couple of sets, you should be able to the increase the speed of your motions. For optimal results, try to do them as fast as you can. Ideally, you should be doing 100 of these per da. The results will be inevitable in only a week.
- Tuck Jumps
You may think that jumping in place is not as efficient as running, but tuck jumps can actually burn a lot of calories and improve your stamina. Best of all, they don’t ask for a lot of space. When doing tuck jumps, extend your arms in front of you and pull your knees up as you jump, trying to touch them with your hands. As with burpees, try to do as many tuck jumps in one session as possible.
- Jump Rope
Jumping rope is a great cardio exercise. It burns calories effectively while increasing your stamina. Another advantage is that you can use jumping rope to add variations to mix up your routine, such as: quickening or slowing your pace, tuck jumping, or doing “double unders.”
- High Knee Sprints
Jogging or running allows you to vary your speed as well as your range of motion to increase efficiency. High knee sprints are actually the motion you normally make when running in place, but you carry on moving forward. This workout is extremely efficient in burning a lot of calories as well as increasing your heart rate much more than running or jogging. You can either keep the same running pace or, preferably, increase your speed when doing high knee sprints. You can also try to incorporate high knee sprints intermittently into your jog, taking needed breaks to slow your pace before continuing with your jog.
- Long Jumps
Long jumps require a wide open space in order to be performed effectively. The key thing is to jump as far as you can, so the wider the space, the more effective your workout is. Keeping your feet firmly on the ground, jump as far forward as you can. It’s recommended to do sets of 10-20 jumps for at least three times to build lower body and core strength. This will also improve your balance and coordination, because you’ll have to maintain your balance.
- Mountain Climbers
This is one of the most beneficial workouts that has amazing effects on your entire body simply because you have to activate your whole body in order to do them effectively. Some of the benefits include increased circulation as well as stronger arm, core, and leg muscles. A few sets of 50 while watching TV is all you need.