Don’t overlook cardio! I know guys, you just want to get to the muscle building but one of the best ways to maintain a healthy life style and lose weight is Cardiovascular Exercise.
And we’ve all seen those guys with big muscles but a little flabby in the mid section from a lack of cardio and possibly some poor diet choices.
Here are some tips on getting the most out of your Cardio Workout.
Cardio doesn’t have to be boring.
There are a multitude of cardiovascular exercises. You don’t have to run on the treadmill every day. Find one that works for you and run with it!
Here are some of my favorites:
Rowing (Burns Around 840 Calories Per Hour)
Rowing is an awesome way to get a total body workout. Rowing, done correctly, works your whole body.
Rowing also burns more calories than the other exercises listed here.
Rowing is low impact.
Running (Burns Around 600 Calories Per Hour)
Running is High intensity and burns a lot of calories.
Recruits muscle fibers in the legs, which could enhance muscle shape.
Helps specific sports training
Hard on Joints
Walking (Burns 300-400 Calories Per Hour)
Great for obese people that cannot do other high intensity workouts.
Lower level of intensity causes less calorie burning
Cycling (Burns Around 600 Calories Per Hour)
Works the same muscles as running.
Details Quad Muscle
Accessibility. (Buy a bike or get a gym membership)
Swimming (Burns Around 600 Calories Per Hour)
Works all of the body’s main muscle groups.
Less chance of injury as it is the lowest impact of all the aerobic methods.
Burns many calories and keeps you cool while doing it. No sweat towels needed, or foul body odor for everyone else to enjoy.
Tips for effective cardio:
Start gradually. One of the benefits to starting gradually is preventing injury. By allowing your muscles to warm up, you ensure that you’re in the best position to start high intensity training.
Drink Water before, during, and after training. Dehydration is dangerous especially during high intensity training.
Plan your cardio. Plan how long you will warm up. Plan when you will rest and when you will speed up. Plan how long in total your workout will take. A plan keeps you focused and not guessing what your workout is going to be.
Cardio will vary from person to person to achieve different results. Find what works for you and give it everything you have.