5 Easy Cardio Exercises You Can Do While Watching TV

It’s the season to kick back in your favorite loungewear and do some simple cardio while streaming your favorite movies. With the brutally cold temperatures and icy conditions outside, you’d much rather skip the gym, save some money on gas, and have a simple sweat session at home. We completely understand that, which is why we chatted with an expert who shares five of her most recommended easy cardio exercises you can do while watching TV.

You can seamlessly work these moves into your after-work and weekend routines. Plus, according to the Cleveland Clinic, doing some cardio can improve joint, skin and brain health. The benefits of this healthy form of fitness include reducing your risk of suffering a stroke or developing Alzheimer’s, clearing your skin, improving blood sugar control and aiding in digestion, all while supporting your weight loss efforts.

Victoria Brady, an ACE certified personal trainer on Fyt, the nation’s largest personal training service that makes expert-led fitness, both in-person and virtual, affordable for everyone, says easy cardio at home is also a major time saver and help you train within your comfort level. He explains: “You are able to kill two birds with one stone. This also allows you to be more consistent since it will be less annoying to start training.” Also, if you are a beginner, you may feel uncomfortable working out in the gym. “Working out at home allows you to have a safe space to exercise without those thoughts about who’s watching you,” adds Brady.

Now, let’s get into five simple cardio exercises you can do in the comfort of your home while watching TV. And then, don’t miss 5 simple exercises at home to stay in the best shape.

1

Walk in place

woman walking in place for easy cardio exercises at home

woman walking in place for easy cardio exercises at home

These easy cardio exercises start with walking in place, which is super easy! Brady explains that you’ll start by standing straight with your shoulders back and your hips slightly forward, to make sure your lower back doesn’t sag. Then, he lifts his right leg and puts it down, then do the same thing with his right leg. This counts as one repetition. Perform at least 20 minutes of walking in place. (You can even whip out a treadmill, if you have one, to walk on while streaming TV!)

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2

Jogging/running in place

man running in place at home, doing easy cardio exercises while watching TV

man running in place at home, doing easy cardio exercises while watching TV

Next, it’s time to jog or run in place. Stand up straight and bend at the elbows. Begin the “jog” by bringing your right foot forward and landing it between the midfoot and heel. Swing your arms as if you were jogging or running as you switch positions on your left foot. This counts as one full repetition. Jog/run at least 20 minutes in place.

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3

Rebound

woman trampoline trampoline training

woman trampoline trampoline training

This next exercise calls for a mini trampoline, which might just be your new favorite form of at-home cardio. Stand on the rebounder and start bouncing. Brady says, “Make it fun while watching TV by seeing how high you can jump/bounce or get creative by doing jumps or front kicks while on the rebounder. There are also plenty of YouTube videos if you’d like to watch a workout video while you work out.” Do at least 20 minutes of rebounding.

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4

Step aerobics

step up illustration

step up illustration

You will need a stool, step or solid platform to perform this exercise. Some basic movements you can do are:

Basic step up: Place your right foot on the platform to begin your step-ups. Follow it up by bringing your left foot onto the platform, then step off with your right foot, then your left. Complete this sequence by doing 10 to 15 repetitions on the right side before doing the same on the left side. Perform at least 20 minutes of basic step-ups.

Turn Moves: For this exercise, you’ll start by standing sideways—that is, with the side of your body perpendicular—to the step or platform, then step up with your right foot. Rotate your body as you place your left foot on the step and lower your right foot. Then, lower your left foot. Do at least 20 minutes of turn-steps.

5

Dance

woman dancing workout at home to burn calories without exercising

woman dancing workout at home to burn calories without exercising

Last but certainly not least, dance it! “No instructions are needed for this since the dance can be interpreted any way you see it. Start bouncing and shaking to make it fun and energetic while burning lots of calories,” says Brady. Perform at least 20 minutes of dance.

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