When it comes to maintaining your heart health, it’s all in your hands (literally). Below are four moves that will set your heart racing.
High Knees: The high knees exercise is a quick way to get the heart racing! It’s also a great warm-up in between exercises or a burnout. Stand with your feet together and your hands by your side. The full motion is raising your knee to your chest and keeping your back straight the whole time. Make sure you have your arms in a full running motion (not flopping around). Ideally you would like to do it for 30 seconds to a minute.
Main focus – thighs, calves, and core
Knee Up: The Knee Up is similar to a burpee but more aggressive. This exercise is used to engage your core, chest, back, and thighs. Start in a push-up position. As you go down into a full push-up, pop yourself up into squat position and then explode, positioning your elbows at a 90-degree angle. The goal is to make your knees touch your elbows, drop down to your push-up position and repeat.
Main focus- core, chest, back, and thighs
Lateral step-up: The lateral step-up is designed to work on your speed and agility. Start off with a box that is about 5-6 inches off the ground and one foot on the middle of the box. You want to do this exercise rather quickly as you move from side to side with one foot on the middle of the box. Then take that foot off and place the other one on the middle of the box. Remember: the name of the game is speed!
Main focus- quickness and agility
Stomp the wall!: The Stomp the Wall exercise is designed to increase your heart rate in a quick manner. You can use a ledge, a stack of boxes, or a wall. You will be at a 60-degree angle as if you were doing a push on the wall. See how quickly you can move your legs in 30 seconds as you are bringing your knees to your chest. To activate your core even more, try to stack up boxes or a lower ledge, giving you a deep angle where you are forced to keep your core tight and your knees at your chest.
Main focus- core, thighs, and calves
Andrew Nunez, Fabletics Master