When It's Too Hot to Run Outside, I Do These 23 Indoor Cardio Exercises

23/06/2020 - 02:20 PM

Warmer weather has inspired me to get back into running outside — every summer, I'm reminded how amazing the sun and breeze feels on my skin. But if it's too hot or too humid in the morning, I lose all motivation and keep my workout inside instead.

My outdoor runs are usually an hour, but for these indoor workouts, 30 minutes is usually my limit. I still want to get my heart rate up and release endorphins, and these are the indoor cardio exercises I do. Many are bodyweight-only moves, but some require minimal equipment so I keep a jump rope, plyo box (or sturdy coffee table), kettlebell, wall ball, and medicine ball on hand.

I choose six exercises (three cardio and three strength) and do them for 45 seconds with a 15-second rest; five rounds gets me to 30 minutes. I prefer the fresh air, gorgeous farm roads, and time alone on my runs, but it's good for my muscles and mind to mix things up!

Jumping Jacks

High Knees

Lateral Bunny Hop

Plank With Bunny Hop

Squat Jack

Plank Jack

Jump Rope


Squat Thrust

Wall Ball

High-Knee Skips

Mountain Climbers

Ball Slam

Squat Hop

Squat Jump

Russian Kettlebell Swing

Ali Shuffle

Box Jump

Medicine-Ball Clean

Sumo Squat Jump

Cross Jack

Jumping Lunge

Side Skater

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