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Try These Bodyweight Exercises That Double as Cardio

You know what cardio is and you’ve probably heard about bodyweight exercises (hello planks and push-ups), but have you ever thought to combine the two? Cardio-based bodyweight exercises create a killer workout that can be done with minimal floor space and require no props, weights, or machines. Say goodbye to that expensive gym membership and your list of reasons for blowing off your daily workout. These are some of the best bodyweight exercises you can do anywhere.

Stuck in your office? At a hotel with no gym? Regardless of your situation, these exercises will get your heart rate up, force you to break a sweat, and build strength.

1. Jumping jacks

Group of people doing jumping jacks

Group of people doing jumping jacks Jumping jacks will get your blood pumping. | iStock.com

You probably remember jumping jacks from being a kid in gym class. Stick with the standard version, or try some cross jacks. Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and extend your arms straight out to either side with palms facing down. Jump and cross your right arm over your left while bringing your right foot over your left foot. Jump back to the starting position and then cross with the opposite arm and foot.

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