As some of you know, I have been battling a broken foot injury the last several weeks. In order to get my cardio in, I have had to be creative. Tuesday, I was officially upgraded to a wrap instead of the boot, but I still need to be careful. Most of the time, I have been walking for a few miles a day, but lately Texas has been raining so much it is flooding in areas. Since my favorite moves for toned arms was a hit, I decided to try again. Here are 5 indoor moves using a chair, so you can get cardio for lower body injuries any time any place (you can do these moves even without an injury).
- Sturdy chair (no wheels)
Complete each move for 60 seconds and take a 10 second break in between
To do the move: Either hold on to the arms of the chair or put hands in guard position. Alternate front leg kicks. Be sure to kick with your heel and not your toe. Try to complete as many as you can in the 60 seconds.
To do the move: Your arms will move in jack position (above your head) as you alternate toe taps to the side. Try to complete as many as you can in the 60 seconds.
To do the move: Cross punch once to the left (using right arm) and once to the right (using left arm). Then “jab” punch 4 times straight to the front. Try to complete as many as you can in the 60 seconds.
Seated mountain climbers
To do the move: (This move feels like a kid throwing a tantrum). Reach up and down while alternating arms and legs. Try to complete as many as you can in the 60 seconds.
Seated bicycle crunches
To do the move: Bring your opposite elbow to your opposite knee and alternate crunches. For an extra challenge, try to keep your feet from touching the floor to engage your lower abs.
Repeat entire series 2-3 times
*Disclaimer: Be sure to check with your doctor before beginning these or any other exercises.
Let me know if you plan on trying this cardio for lower body injuries. Remember, you don’t have to be injured to complete this chair cardio series! Leave a comment below!