Get fit in 15 minutes: The best exercise for getting a good cardio workout in a small space 

Get fit in 15 minutes: The best exercise for getting a good cardio workout in a small space

  • Personal trainer Nadya Fairweather reveals a cardio workout for small spaces
  • Shona Wilkinson advises pairing the regime with a diet that helps build stamina
  • British style expert, Liz Hemmings picks out items to wear for the work out 


To get a good cardio workout in a small space, try ‘cross-country skiing’, says celebrity personal trainer Nadya Fairweather ( It’s ideal if you can’t get outside.

The key is to be very light on your feet, use large arm swings and jump your feet forwards and backwards, imitating a skier.

Be sure to do opposite arm to leg, as you would when walking.

If you can’t jump, step and tap your feet instead, keeping the arm movements large.

Start with 40, and rest for ten seconds; then do 30, rest for ten; then 20, rest for ten.

Try to keep up the speed throughout.

Personal trainer Nadya Fairweather suggests practicing ‘cross-country skiing’ (pictured) as a good cardio workout in small spaces


Your diet can help build stamina, so that you’re not too out of breath doing cardio, says nutritionist Shona Wilkinson (

Apricots are good for improving lung capacity due to their vitamin A content. This supports the respiratory tract lining and helps to reduce any infections. Eat the fruit as a snack, or add it to casseroles or curries.

Meanwhile, apples contain phenolic acid and flavonoids. These are known for reducing inflammation in the airways, which will help with airflow and, therefore, help your lung stamina.

Coffee may also open up tight airways. This is especially important if you have asthma. A cup or two a day could be beneficial.