Cardio Exercise

Cardiovascular exercise is a key factor in maintaining health and vitality.
It should be an important part of your daily life, and may entail a simple walk to the shops, walking the dog, jogging in the park or a session down the gym, no matter what your situation or lifestyle, you can perform, or even increase your cardio exercise to improve your health.

What is Cardio Exercise?

Cardio exercise is any activity that requires you to use the body's large muscle groups in an uninterrupted repetitive manner for a period of time. This exercise is intended to raise the heart by up to 60 - 80 percent, of your fastest heart rate.

Common cardiovascular exercises include: walking, jogging, aerobics, running, swimming, rowing, dance and many other similar exercises. All these activities can be considered aerobic activities.

Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular exercise benefits the body in the following ways:
Lose Body Fats
Cardio exercise will help remove excess body fats, by increasing the heart rate for prolonged periods of regular exercise you are increasing your body's need for energy, when your body needs extra energy for exercise it starts to convert fats into useable energy.

Prevents Diseases
Medical research has proved that regular cardio training can help prevent heat disease, diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol. Cardio training helps to strengthen the heart and lungs, and combined with a healthy diet is an effective tool fight off many common diseases and health problems

Greater Energy
After a period of regular, daily/weekly cardiovascular exercise you can expect to have higher energy levels, greater stamina and increased strength.

Tips for Cardio Exercise

  1. The most important tip is to start exercising now! The sooner you start the quicker your health will improve, set yourself a goal and achieve it.
  2. Eat healthy, the best bet for improved health is to combine a healthy diet with regular exercise.
  3. Start off slow and increase your exercise gradually, start with 15-20 minutes and work your way up to 30-45 minutes at a time.
  4. Increase the intensity of exercise once you are at a comfortable level, if you are walking or running for example, try increasing your speed every 5 minutes for a minute or two, this is to keep thing interesting and keep pushing your body a little harder.
  5. Take a snack around 30 minutes before your exercise, this will help give you the energy to train, never train on an empty stomach, nor train right after a large meal.
  6. Try to train outdoors if you can, the fresh air will help keep you motivated.

The most important thing with any kind of exercise is to be consistent, train regularly, and keep doing it, try to set yourself some goals, such as adding an extra lap of the park each week, or set yourself a time limit for a fixed distance, then try to improve that time.