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Best cardio workout for you

 

Cardio exercise is any exercise that raises your heart rate. Face it our bodies were made to move. And we all know that to keep our muscles in shape we need move them. This movement makes them stronger and stronger muscles make for a more efficient and healthy body. Your heart is a muscle. Therefore working it makes it stronger. A stronger cardio-vascular system means more capillaries delivering more oxygen to cells in your muscles. This enables your cells to burn more fat during both exercise and inactivity. Cardio exercise uses large muscle movement over a sustained period of time keeping your heart rate to at least 50% of its maximum level. 

 

Some of the Best Cardio Workouts Are:
 

Walking – This is the easiest and safest way to start getting in your cardio.

 

Elliptical – Minimal impact on the knees and hips but calorie burning is still high.  When you increase the incline you will activate more muscles.

 

Running –  This one is easy to understand.  Just remember if you train like a distance runner you will look like a distance runner.  If you train like a sprinter you will develop a sprinters body.  Steading running burns calories but sprints take it to the next level.

 

High Intensity Interval Training – Short intervals at maximum intensity followed by short periods of rest.   Best all around workout that burns fat and calories. 

 

Swimming – This is a total body workout as long as you are not just floating – even treading water burns calories. Swimming laps would be best and change up the strokes you use so that you work all different kinds of muscles and the continuous pace works your heart and lungs.

 

Rowing  – Works both the upper and lower body and is low stress on joints and ligaments.

 

Circuit Training – When you work out at a high intensity the blood starts to pump a lot harder and that challenges the elasticity of the arterial wall.

 

Before starting any new exercise program, it is important to know if you are healthy enough to increase your activity level.  Please check with your doctor on any limitations or restrictions you may have, particularly if you have a chronic health condition.

 

It is also important to start small and increase the time you are active and the intensity of your workout.  Walking is the safest and easiest way to get started.  Increase the amount of time you walk and the speed you are walking and before you know it you will reap all the rewards of cardiovascular exercise. #cardio #exercise #physical #walking #training #swimming #training #workout #doctor #specialist #neurologist #winnielimkhoo #healthy #healthy #newyou #fitness #beingfit #fit #goodhealth #feelgood #manila #philippines

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