For those quarantined in a small space with no option to enjoy the great outdoors, self-isolation can feel incredibly stifling – and make it seem like it’s impossible to workout.
Thankfully, one talented yoga instructor is offering up cardio-heavy exercise routines that she says can be used as a great alternative to a run, and they require a very small amount of space.
Work it out: Yoga instructor and fitness influencer Lexi Hidalgo has gone viral on TikTok after revealing a great cardio-filled workout that people can do instead of running
Ideal: The Florida native posted the video at a time when many people around the world are quarantining inside and unable to go out for runs
In the clip, Lexi, who is a former Miss Boca Raton Teen USA, is seen working out at her home in Florida. After telling her followers to ‘do this instead of running’, the yoga fan then runs through all of the exercises in her workout routine.
First, Lexi does 30 jumping jacks, which are followed by 25 high knees – which effectively require you to run in place, while bringing alternating knees up to hip height or above.
TikTok user reveals anti-running workout
- 30 jumping jacks
- 25 high knees
- 25 butt kicks
- 7 jump squats
- 7 push-ups
- 20 sit-ups
- 7 burpees
Repeat two or three times
Moving on, the yogi does 25 butt kicks – again running in place, but this time bringing her feet up behind her to tap them on her butt.
Next are seven jump squats, which require you to squat down in a low, wide-legged position, before firing up into the air, pulling your arms above your head to increase your momentum.
These are followed by seven push-ups, and then 20 sit-ups, which Lexi notes you should do as quickly as you can, to ensure that your heart rate stays up.
The final step in the challenge is to complete seven burpees, which require jumping up in the air, dropping your hands to the floor while bending you knees, and then kicking your feet out into a plank. You then jump your feet in and repeat the move.
Lexi recommends that you repeat the routine two or three times, leaving a minute or rest between each set.
Her workout routine sparked a slew of interest from her fellow TikTok users, with thousands of people commenting on her video – many of whom said they were going to give the routine a try for themselves.
Intense: Lexi begins the routine with 30 jumping jacks and 25 high knees
Moving on: She then does 25 butt kicks, which effectively require you to run in place while kicking your feet up behind you
Next up: Lexi, a former Miss Boca Raton Teen USA, then does seven jump squats and seven full push-ups
‘I’m not gonna be able to keep up with everything perfectly, but I will try this tomorrow!’ one person wrote.
Another added: ‘OMG it’s raining today so this is a godsend!’
‘You had me at no running,’ someone else chimed in.
One viewer who had already tried the routine told Lexi: ‘I just did this and it felt so good omg.’
A few people joked that they were willing to give the routine a try – until Lexi said that you have to repeat it more than once.
‘They always get ya with the “repeat” at the end,’ one commented, while another simply wrote: ‘Repeat???’
For anyone reluctant to do a workout without any running or walking, Lexi shared a follow-up video with an even more intense routine that begins with either a one-mile walk or run.
The rest then focuses on abs – which could be done after the first cardio routine for those looking to take their workouts up a notch.
Nearly done! She then does 20 speedy sit-ups, noting that you should do these as quickly as possible so as to keep your heart rate up
At last! The workout finishes with seven burpees – however Lexi suggests repeating the routine at least two times, if not three, with a minute of rest in between each set
First, Lexi does a full plank with side steps, alternating the foot she moves out to the side – and doing a total of 30 on each leg.
She then moves on to 40 plank pulses, which require you to dip your hips towards the ground and back up again, while holding a full plank.
The routine continues with 50 Russian twists and 30 in-and-out crunches, which involve holding a crunch, lifting your legs into tabletop, and then moving your knees into your chest, before pushing your legs out straight.
Next up is another plank – which should be held for a minute – followed by 40 plank knee taps, effectively just dropping alternating knees to the ground while holding your plank position.
If you haven’t collapsed in an exhausted heap, you can round out the routine with 30 plank twists – dipping your hips to the ground one at a time while holding a plank position – and then 25 side plank pulses. For these, you need to hold a side plank and pulse the higher hip up in the air. Do this on both sides.
Finally – tired yet? – you should do 30 spider planks – pulling alternating knees towards the elbow while holding a plank – and then 20 V-ups: lie flat on the ground and lift one straight leg up at a time, while reaching the opposite arm to try and touch it.
Lexi advises that you repeat this twice to do 20 with each leg.