Thursday, February 26, 2009

What is Cardio Workout?

Cardiovascular is quite a common term. Used in a different context it can mean a different thing. Used in a fitness context, cardio workout is any form of exercise that increases your heart rate and promotes blood circulation in the body. Aerobics is a common term used as an alternative.

Many people think only jogging or running offer cardiovascular/aerobics benefits. The truth is there are many other form of exercises eg. cycling, swimming, skipping and aerobic dance of course! Cardiovascular workout not only strenghthens the heart, it is also best for burning calories. The more calories you burn, the more weight you lose (depending on your diet as well) Even if you are already at an ideal weight, cardio workout will still benefit you in various manners. It improves your stamina (climbing up the office staircase will not be a problem anymore), strength and alertness.

Beginners should start by doing workout on 3 alternate days in a week and later increase the frequency and intensity as your stamina builds up.
If you want to maintain your fitness level, a good workout plan would be 3-4 days a week for at least 30 minutes. For those trying to lose weight, cut down on your calories intake, and work not less than 4 days a week for at least 30 - 40 minutes.

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