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Core Cardio Circuit

I enjoyed working out and doing yoga outside while I was at home in Minnesota, so I wanted to film a quick workout video outside to share! I have been trying to challenge myself to incorporate more cardio into my workouts because I know it is important for my cardio-respiratory health.

My favorite type of cardio is when it feels like dancing - or is actual dancing! So these moves not only will strengthen your oblique core muscles, but it kind of feels like a little dance party, so have fun with it! Try each move for 30-45 seconds (on each side for the moves with two sides), and try to do the whole circuit through 2 or 3 times!

The first one is a twisting pull-down jump. Start facing front with your feet slightly apart and your arms reaching overhead. As you jump in place, twist your lower body beneath you so your knees and feet point to one side. At the same time, engage your side core muscles to pull your arms down to the front in a little side crunch movement. Your lower body should move more than your torso and upper body so you can focus on the twisting motion. Do this for 30-45 seconds, and repeat on the other side!

The second move is kickline-inspired, so you may feel a bit like you are doing the can-can! Clasp your hands together overhead to one side, and bring one knee up towards your chest while you bring your hands down across your body towards that knee. Do this for 30 seconds on one side, then switch sides!

You can do this with a bouncing jump, or from standing still for a low-impact, no-jumping option.

The last move is one of my favorites because it is so fun as well as a great core workout! Stand with your feet apart wider than your hips and your feet slightly turned out so your toes point away from you. Bend your knees a bit for stability. Then you just make fists and alternate punching up and down, side to side in an X, twisting from your core without moving your lower body. If you want a little bit more jumping, you can add a little jump in between the punches - I demonstrate this at the end of the video clip. Do this for 30-45 seconds!

Hope you enjoyed this!


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