6. LOW BOX RUNNERS
WHY IT WORKS: Low Box Runners dissipate some of the landing forces associated with plyometric exercises while still allowing you to crank up the cardio and calorie-burn. Translation: All of the weight-loss benefits without sore or achy joints. By moving your feet and arms quickly, you’ll boost the bounciness and elasticity of your muscles and minimize the loss of power that comes with aging. Combine this move with Low Box Burpees (the next move in this list) to add total body strengthening to this rapid fat loss cardio move.
HOW TO DO IT: Place your left foot onto a stable low box or step (even a sturdy phone book will work). Hold your right arm forward to resemble the opposite arm-leg action of running. Quickly switch your hands and feet front to back and repeat for 30-60 seconds. Stay on the balls of your feet throughout the movement, keeping your feet soft and slightly flexed. Perform the move at a slower, more controlled tempo focusing on nice, clean exchanges of your hands and feet, gradually increasing your speed over time.