Do you feel, recently, that you do not seem to fit into your clothes? Maybe you walked by the mirror and noticed a paunch developing? Now might be a time to get into cardio. This guide from Total Fitness Gym should set you on the right path.
What is Cardio?
Cardio stands for cardiovascular exercise. The idea behind it is that when you can raise the body’s metabolic rate, then you can lose weight by burning calories. The cardiovascular system provides the body with all the energy sustaining molecules it needs in high intensity exercises, when you manage to raise the cardiovascular rate then you are successfully burning calories.
What exercises are part of Cardio?
Cardio can be diverse, but the three most basic exercises that anyone can carry out are walking, running and cycling. The following is a breakdown of each.
Walking is a wonderful way to break into cardio. It is slow, and it is a low impact exercise, which means that it will not lead to injury of the joints. The great thing about walking is that it is very safe and requires absolutely no supervision. However, to achieve a rise in the heart rate you have to do a lot of walking.
Running is great as it raises the heart rate more rapidly than walking. Running unlike walking is a high impact exercise, thus for those with joint diseases it may not be applicable. Running can be done on a treadmill or outside.
Cycling is another excellent option for those who want to burn those extra calories. Like running cycling is a low impact exercise thus it is gentle on those with joint diseases. Cycling can also be done in the gym or in the great outdoors.
How To Start?
Like any exercise regimen, cardio requires that you set goals and consult with a fitness instructor. Goals of cardio training include how much weight you want to lose, and how much time you want to dedicate to the process. A good fitness can guide you on how to achieve your goals, and help you increase the intensity and intervals of your training to give you better results as your body gets accustomed to the exercises.
What are Intensities and Intervals?
Intensity refers to whether you do the exercise fast or slow. To obtain the desired intensity of exercise you must know your maximum heart rate. In order to lose weight, you have to push the level higher so that you can burn calories. A high intensity workout attempts to approach the maximum heart rate, whereas moderate intensity workouts are slightly above 50% of your maximum heart rate.
An interval is the amount of time you use to do a particular exercise. Usually in cardio, you will have short period of high intensity exercise followed by a shorter period of moderate intensity exercise.
Take control of your weight loss regimen by going down to the nearest Total Fitness Gym and consulting one of the on hand instructors for a good cardio plan.