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Week 2: Your 6 Week Workout Plan For a Stronger Body…From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to wind down our workout routines. This year, let’s work towards winter as hard as we did towards our summer bodies. And as temperatures drop and traveling to the gym feels less and less appealing, there’s no better time to get creative with fun, effective at-home workouts. 

For the next 6 weeks, let’s integrate these exercises into our everyday lives, targeting an additional part of the body each week. And in case you missed Week 1, check it out here! 

Week 2: Cardio

Who says cardio can only be done outside or at the gym? Did you know there are just as many opportunities to get your blood pumping without leaving the house? The benefits of cardiovascular activities are far-reaching: reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other diseases, not to mention improving your mood, sleep quality, and bone density, just to name a few. So let’s get moving! This week, take a few minutes each day to perform the following:

Jumping Jacks 

Standing with your feet together and arms at your sides, jump so that you’re feet land slightly farther than hip-width apart. At the same time, bring your arms up to either side of your head so that your body is in the shape of an X. Repeat this motion 30 times, as quickly as you safely can.

Stair Steps

 Using any stairs in your home, (you’ll only need 2) stand with your feet together at the bottom. Step up onto the first stair with one foot at a time, then step down from the stair one foot at a time. Repeat this motion 30 times, as quickly as you safely can. For best results, repeat each of these exercises twice daily.  No matter which areas of the body you wish to target, cardio is the common denominator for success. It’s also a key ingredient to improving our mental health, increasing endorphin levels for more energy and focus, and better rest. 

Stay tuned for next week’s step towards creating a balanced, effective workout! We’d love to hear what some of your go-to cardio workouts are. Share your favorites @orberausa

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