Why bother with cardio?
Cardio workouts do these things for your health:
- Maintains healthy blood sugar levels
- Manages cholesterol levels
- Improves your circulation
- Helps with the removal of cellular waste
- Aids in rest and sleep
In fact, the American Heart Association advises getting at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week, or 75 minutes of high-intensity.
- Power Walking
- Jogging or Running
- Jumping Rope
- Stair Climber
- Cross Country Skiing
There are many exercises that will increase your cardio workout:
- Jumping Jacks
- Squat Jumps
- And more …
Of course, any exercise that increases your breathing and heart rate can be considered a Cardio workout. So mix it up. If you are power walking, run short sprints while doing it, or have a different routine for each day – make Tuesdays and Thursdays swim days, or do some quick fast pace calisthenics before, during, and after your run or walk.
Before you start any exercise program, it’s important to speak with your healthcare provider.