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Running can be a divisive topic, much like cilantro: Some people love it and some people would literally rather do anything else. If you fall into the latter camp of not being particularly treadmill inclined, these moves are for you. (They’re also for anyone who wants to switch up their regular routine.)
“A high-intensity interval training (aka HIIT) routine delivers the same cardiovascular perks as running,” says Karena Dawn, who cofounded Tone It Up with Katrina Scott. “We love our morning runs,” adds Katrina, “but we also like to switch it up and HIIT is the ultimate heart-pumping cardio workout. It raises your heart rate and boosts your metabolism while toning your lean, sexy muscles.”
The duo shared with us five moves that’ll get you all the benefits of running—without, you know, actually having to run. Bonus: These moves also help you tone your muscles. Go through the entire circuit three times, as quickly as you can, while maintaining good form.
Around the world butt squat
Tones: butt and legs
"Begin in a squat position with your feet hip-width apart, making sure your knees don't go past your toes. Jump up into the air, turning to your right and landing softly back on your feet into a squat. Repeat the jump squat, returning to starting position. Then repeat the jump, turning to your left. That's one rep. Complete 10 reps."
Sumo squat crunch
Tones: inner thighs, butt, legs and waist
"Begin standing with your legs wider than shoulder-width apart, toes pointed out at a 45-degree angle and hands up by your temple, elbows out to the side. Lower down into a squat, making sure your knees don't go past your toes. When you return to standing, raise your right knee up and tilt your right elbow down to have both meet at midline. Lower back down into a squat and repeat on the opposite side. That's one rep. Complete 10 reps."
Bikini walkout burpee
Tones: butt, legs, core and chest
"Begin standing at the back of your mat with feet together. Jump forward as far as you can. Lower hands to the ground and hop your feet back so you land in a plank position. Lower down into a push-up. Walk your hands back to meet your feet. Complete 10 reps."
Tones: butt, hamstrings and shoulders
"Begin sitting on your booty with your hands planted directly below your shoulders and feet on the ground, knees bent. Shift your weight into your right hand as you raise your left hand into the air, twist your upper body to the right and raise your booty off the ground. Lower back to start and repeat on the opposite side. Complete 10 reps on each side, 20 reps total."
Tones: butt, lower back, upper back, chest
"Begin laying on your stomach, arms lifted in front of you and legs lifted off the ground. Hold this for two seconds. Lower legs to the ground and plant hands underneath your shoulders. Push off the ground and raise into plank position. Lower back down and return to start. Complete 15 reps."