The Best Cardio Workout You Never Tried

Does your treadmill workout make you feel like a rat on a  wheel? Then it’s probably time to change up your routine
By Jill Yaworski
Does your treadmill workout make you feel like a rat on a wheel? Then it’s  probably time to change up your routine. And not just because you’re bored. “The  human body wasn’t designed for conveyor-belt training or repetitive,  one-dimensional movement,” says Dan John, a fitness coach in Burlingame,  California, and the author of Never Let Go. So try one of John’s novel  cardio drills below. Or better yet, try all three. You’ll blast fat and improve  your fitness quickly. And the best part: You won’t have to find ways to distract  yourself during these workouts—you’ll be too busy getting in shape.
The “55” workout Start by doing one body-weight squat and  10 pushups. Rest for 30 seconds, and then do 2 squats and 9 pushups. Gradually  work your way up to 10 squats and down to 1 pushup. You’ll complete 55 reps of  each exercise by the time you’re done—and reap both the cardiovascular benefit  of aerobic training and the muscular pump of a strength session. (And if you  like this routine, you’ll love The  World’s Most Efficient Workout.)
10-meter  sprints Find an area in your gym where you can sprint for 10  meters. Once you’ve covered the distance, pause just long enough to inhale and  exhale once through your nose. Sprint back and pause, this time inhaling and  exhaling twice through your nose. Continue the drill—breathing normally as you  sprint, and adding an additional nose inhalation and exhalation when you  pause—until you can no longer breathe through your nose. “It takes more effort  than breathing through your mouth—even during rest—which increases the intensity  of the exercise,” John says. The result: more gain in less time (and distance)  than on a treadmill. (Don’t undermine your fitness efforts: Make sure to avoid The  Worst “Free” Restaurant Foods in America.)
Jumping-jack  pyramid Do as many jumping jacks as you can in 10 seconds. Rest for  an equal amount of time. Next, do as many jumping jacks as you can in 20  seconds, and rest 20 seconds. Then do 30 seconds of jumping jacks followed by 30  seconds of rest. Now work your way back down the pyramid (30, 20, 10). Repeat  three times. This will change the way you think about jumping jacks forever. And  for more than 80 lightning-quick workouts that will get you in shape fast, check  out The Men’s Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts and The Women’s Health Big Book of 15-Minute Workouts.
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