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How to Make the Most of a Cardio Workout

Doing a cardio routine sound like a tedious work out, especially if you were to do it at home, but it is not as difficult as it sounds. You can make your own simple routine to start off with using your body weight or even some simple exercises such as riding a bike, cycling or walking. A light walk can be a great way of warming up. However, do ask the expertise of a personal trainer if you are in doubt about what exercise to do and how it can affect your health. Read on to find out some ways in which you can incorporate some cardio to your daily lifestyle.

Understand the Benefits

Do some research in to understanding the benefits of such a workout for your body. Cardio helps improve heart health and is known to help with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure. In addition, if you are someone who wants to lose weight, including some cardio to your daily activities will greatly improve your chances of losing those extra pounds. Exercising overall has a positive impact on your mind and body and will make you happier. Studies have even showed that exercise makes you live longer if done regularly. If you are in any doubt, talk to a professional or your family doctor before starting a program. For example, if you have issues and pain in your knees, he or she may advice you to try out low-impact exercises that do not involve giving your knees too much pressure.

Workout with a Trainer

A personal trainer can guide you with the exercises that suit your body best. A trainer will generally assess and evaluate your body weight, body fat content, take measurements and advise the best cardio while showing you the proper technique and form in carrying them out. There are trainers who make home visits if going to the gym is not something you prefer. They will also advice you on meal planning or if you need any additional supplements such as vitamins or protein powder. However, in case you cannot afford a trainer then your best step is to make use of the internet. The internet is filled with training videos, routines, articles, meal preparation and nutrition advice that you can go through. Just make sure that you are getting advice from quality and reputed resources.  Certain mobile apps will also give you work out routines and ways to track your progress.

Take Short Intervals between Exercises

Cardio basically requires you to keep your heart rate up for a certain period of time. For this reason, taking 30 to 60 seconds between sets is the best way to go about it with a 30 second rest in between each set and exercise. Jump rope for example is a great way of getting started. It instantly gets your heart pumping and is an overall full body work out. Listening to some music while skipping would make it a much fun activity. Try this for 10 minutes with one minute on and another off.

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