Cardio

As well as eating right, cardio is one of the most important aspects of weight loss, and living a healthy lifestyle. Cardio is what burns fat, which leads to weight loss. By eating right and incorporating cardio into your daily routine, your weight loss and all around health will be successful and improved.

Cardio is any type of excercise that gets your heart pumping! You can walk or jog on the treadmill, use a cross trainer or eliptical, or you can even jump rope!

The minimum amount of cardio that you should be incorporating into your routine is 30 minutes about 3-4 times a week. The goal of doing your cardio workouts is to reach your Target Heart Rate Zone (THRZ). The THRZ varies based on your age, so do your research to find your own unique THRZ. By reaching this zone you get your heart pumping, and are at a peak for burning fat.

If you’re new to working out remember to start out slow and gradually build yourself up to more challenging workouts. When I began working out I started doing 10-15 minutes of brisk walking on the treadmill, and I have since worked myself up to doing an hour or more. Please, do not try and start out by doing an hour of running on the treadmill. No one can begin an excercise program like a pro. You need to do what’s best for your individual body type and comfort level. Don’t over exert your muscles if you’re just begining a new workout because you can risk pulling a muscle, or spraining yourself. Once you are comfortable in your cardio workout routine realize that you can make your workout more challenging. When 15 minutes gets too easy for you try to add 2-3 more minutes to your workout. Challenging yourself is rewarding!

Remember…

+ Bring your mp3 player! Playing upbeat music can make your workouts fly by!

+ Try out audio books which you can buy from Barnes and Noble. If you get to a good part in the story, and want to know what’s going to happen next, you’re going to have to keep working out!

+ Realize that Cardio helps keep your heart strong. This health benefit reduces heart attack and stroke. By doing your cardio your heart does not have to work as heart to get blood through your body!

+ You’ll get a well deserved beauty rest! Doing cardio 3-4 times a week helps you sleep well throughout the night, so you’ll always awaken ready to seize the day!

+ Remember that you must stay hydrated. Doing a cardio workout without an ample supply of water on hand can result in injury or even sickness. Remember to drink at least 32 oz of water for every 30 minutes you will be working out.

+ Track your progress right from the beginning. If you start off with only 10 minutes, keep tracking as you do longer cardio workouts. Looking back at where you began is a great motivator!

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