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Fresh Start to Fitness: Get a Cardio Workout Using Paper Plates

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Fresh Start 2 Fitness - Paper Plate Workout

Getting an effective cardiovascular workout from home can be challenging if you don't have the proper equipment, like a treadmill or recumbent bike – unless you happen to have some paper plates lying around, says Jeffrey Beck, exercise specialist from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray.

Beck recommends that you complete the following paper plate routine 2-3 times per week to burn serious calories and improve your cardiovascular system.

1) Skier Shuffle: Place a paper plate under each foot. Slide your right foot forward until you reach a normal stride length. Slide your foot back and repeat with your left foot while remaining stationary. Do this continuously for one minute, rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Complete 3 times.

2) Side Shuffle: Place a paper plate under each foot and stand sideways. Slide your left foot to the side and then slide your right foot to meet it. Continue shuffling sideways for 30 seconds and then change directions for 30 seconds. Once you've shuffled both sides, rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Complete 3 times.

3) Plate Pushes: This one is awesome for getting the heart rate up! Get down on all fours and place a paper plate under each hand. Raise yourself up onto the balls of your feet and push as fast as you can, propelling yourself forward using your legs. Push forward continuously for 30-60 seconds, rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Complete 3 times.

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