Cardiovascular exercise is any type of exercise that increases the health of the heart and lungs and not only helps you lose or maintain weight, it helps you build endurance so you can remain active for a longer period of time. Get in shape and choose cardio!
Cardio exercise uses large muscle movement over a sustained period of time keeping your heart rate to at least 50% of its maximum level. Research suggests that you can lower your risk of heart disease just by walking for 20 minutes three times a week. If you have knee, hip or ankle joint problems, such as bursitis or arthritis, riding an exercise bike allows you to exercise your heart and lungs without putting additional stress on weak or injured joints.
Cardio is one of the most important things you can do for your body. Swimming is a great cross-training for other cardio activities. Doing the breast stroke can burn approximately 400 calories in 30 minutes. It’s a full body exercise. The more body parts you involve in your workout, the more calories you’ll burn.
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Running is one of the activities most commonly associated with cardiovascular exercises. For example, if you run at a pace of six miles per hour for one hour, you will burn roughly 700 calories. A walk or a run improves your concentration and mood, reducing tension and releasing endorphins, your brain’s “feel good” hormones.
Our bodies are made to move and every step we take, every move we make, we need control and strength. According to Len Kravitz, PhD, senior exercise physiologist for IDEA Health and Fitness Association, this type of exercises improve blood cholesterol, heart function and muscle mass and reduce risk of osteoporosis.
Cardio machines help you work very hard in a very short period of time, making a morning or lunchtime workout an exercise in efficiency. Studies have shown that working out with a group of people can help you increase the intensity of your cardio workout. Get in shape with your friends!