If you're anything like me cardiovascular conditioning might be one of your least favorite activities. Instead of walking-it-out on the treadmill I've decided to break away from the gym equipment, and use the numerous aerobic exercises available.
Over the years I tried several different styles of exercise and learned that I do not enjoy aerobic exercise. I enjoy strength training, but cardiovascular conditioning is hard for me to focus on. I have to do cardio that I really enjoy in order to finish a 30- to 60-minute session.
I realized the main reason I dislike cardiovascular conditioning so much is because of the monotony of the machines. Walking on a treadmill is a good way to burn calories, but boring, and also causes me to have shin splints.
What does aerobic exercise do?
Aerobic exercise strengthens the heart and lungs. It helps to improve your mood, sleep, reduce changes of osteoporosis, boosts energy levels, maximizes the amount of oxygen in your blog, as well as improves your body's ability to use oxygen. It also burns calories and aids in weight loss.
Get away from the cardio Equipment
Although there are manyy ways to participate in aerobic exercise many people find themselves in a rut after a period of time. The stair climber, treadmill, row machine, and recumbent bike are available at the gym and easily accessible, but these machines can grow tedious. In this case, there are many activity options for aerobic exercise outside of the gym, and even at your home.
Although I own a stair climber, during the summer I rode my bike a lot, and ran/power walked with my sister-in-law for a change of pace.
cardiovascular conditioning activities
Ride a bike to break the monotony.
How long should you participate in aerobic exercise
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that a person under 65 should participate in moderately intense cardio 30 minutes a day, five days a week. If you plan to increase your intensity, the recommendation is 20 minutes a day, three days a week. During this time, you should be working hard enough to break a sweat, but still carry a conversation. This recommendation is for an average healthy adult, but if you are trying to maintain weight loss you may need 60 to 90 minutes.
Lisa M. White
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