Getting cardio fit can be achieved right on the floor at your local gym or on the floor at home. Doing a complete workout on the floor with your own bodyweight is totally possible. This type of workout can be used to build muscle strength and to improve cardiovascular fitness, really! Forget pounding your body on the streets or on an elliptical. Getting fit and strong is just a floor away from you. Take a look at this group of exercises and see how it can be done.
The Good Old Fashioned Bicycle
Get down on the floor and lie on your back. Raise your knees up to your chest and put your hands behind your head. Take your right elbow and draw it to your left knee. At the same time extend your right leg out straight. Do the same exercise, first the right elbow and then the left elbow, the same as you do when you’re riding a bike and pedaling. Complete 25 reps of this exercise routine.
Pilates Type Crunch
Crunches can raise the heart rate up. These crunches need to be done in short bursts in a cardio workout strategy. Each set should be 15 to 20 seconds crunching, 15 seconds rest with a total of 6 to 8 sets. Lay flat on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Raise your head and upper head and shoulders off the ground. Hold this position for a 2 count and then lower your shoulders and head back to the floor.
Fast Runner Crunch Sit-Up
Become a faster runner while lying on the floor. Get down on the floor on your back with your legs straight out, elbows set at a 90 degree angle and arms next to your sides. Complete a sit-up while raising the right knee to the left elbow. Keep doing repetitions until you feel the burn.