Some great advice on including cardio in your fitness routine.
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A lot of people love exercising and taking good care of their bodies in order to stay in shape.
For some it is lifting weights at the gym, and for others it is stretching at yoga classes.
However, a big percentage of these exercising folks often neglect cardio.
The reason for them doing so is simply because they are not familiar with the importance of this type of exercises and how much they help one maintain a good looking body.
But what exactly are the cardiovascular exercises? What they do is to raise your heart rate via high paced movement. Cardio is important because of the following:
- It makes you burn calories and lose weight via raising your heartbeat
- Makes you more flexible and tenacious
- It helps your heart become stronger
- It increases the capacity of your lungs
- Reduces your blood pressure as well as your cholesterol level. It also reduces the risk of a heart attack
- Contributes for a better sleep at night
- Reduces stress, especially after a long hard day at work
The list goes on… In a nutshell, cardio is perfect for you if losing weight and reducing stress is your goal.
Where do you begin?
The first step of getting into cardio is to determine for yourself what kind of exercises you like best.
What you feel comfortable doing, fits your personality and you find enjoyable. After all, exercising needs to be fun, instead of an unbearable and tedious toil.
There are dozens of cardio activities you can indulge into.
For example, if you don’t mind being around other exercising people, the gym is perfect for you. There, you can use the treadmill, the stationary bikes, elliptical trainers, etc.
However, if you prefer the outdoors, there is also a large variety of exercises you can do – ride a bike, skate, run or even speedwalk. You can even do cardio in the comfort of your home.
Skipping rope, for example, is easy, effective and requires almost no space at all.
However, be ready to be letdown. The activity you choose might not give you the effect you desire.
That is why you always need to be ready to experiment, to try out new things until you find the exercise that works best for you.
You need to remember that there is no cardio activity that could be deemed ‘best’. Each person is individual, and different exercises work differently on different people.
You need to remember that whichever activity gets your heart rate up and you find pleasant performing, then it is good for you. Also, you will need to be persistent.
Choose an exercise you will be comfortable doing at least three times a week.
How much is enough?
Once you choose what to do, you will need to work on duration. As a beginner, do not put too much strain on yourself.
Start off with a ten to twenty minute long workout and build yourself up to thirty-forty minutes. However, do not go over the top with over-an-hour-long workouts.
Also, in order not to drop on the floor due to exhaustion, split your workout into a couple of ‘segments’. Take little breaks.
If you feel comfortable, rather than sitting down during the break, walk around or climb stairs.
Provided that you find it difficult to find that inner motivation, find a workout-buddy. A friend/colleague/spouse to indulge into cardio activities with.
Not only will you be able to motivate each other, but you will also turn working out into a more enjoyable activity.
And if you think that you don’t have enough time to exercise – well, you are wrong. After all, even ten minutes of working out is better than no workout at all.
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Nicole is a passionate writer, devoted mum and adventurer. She enjoys writing about healthy lifestyle and easy home organizing and relocating.