Modus Move: Cardio Punches

Are your cardio punches more like cardio swats? Here are three great reasons why you should be punching up your effort on these 45-second heart starters.

- You light up the “afterburn effect.” If you come to a breathless state where you can’t hold a conversation, you are working anaerobically. Anaerobic work burns calories for long after you’re done … ie the “afterburn.”

- Your mood brightens up instantly. Endorphins, or feel-good hormones, flood your bloodstream when your heart rate increases and you take in more oxygen. Likewise, your cortisol, or stress hormone, levels fall.

- You get fitter, faster. Coming to breathlessness during cardio punches moves the needle toward better cardiovascular fitness every time to you punch!