Cardio workouts are one of the most effective ways to burn the most calories and shed body fat. In fact, a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research shows that running on a treadmill can burn more calories than doing kettlebell swings at the same level of effort. But there are plenty of other ways to get a good sweat sesh in without counting down the miles.
“Mixing up your workout makes you not only the healthiest version of yourself, but also the happiest,” says Larysa DiDio, celebrity trainer and host of Tone Up in 15, a fitness DVD with five different 15-minute workouts you can do each week.
Research shows that diversifying your workouts revs up your enthusiasm and can lead to better results by challenging different muscle groups. If your cardio workout has slumped into blah territory, this 15-minute cardio workout will make you excited to slip on your sneakers and get your heart pumping. It will strengthen your upper- and lower-body, as well as your core. The best part? You only need a yoga mat and a pair of light dumbbells. DiDio recommends doing this workout five days a week, or pairing one of the exercises with a brisk walk. Trust us—you’ll see the results!