Friday, April 8, 2011

Exercise Tips: Exactly How Good Is A Cardio Workout

Author: Andrew Poletto

Always remember, before starting any workout program, whether it is aerobic, anaerobic, strength training, or anything else for that matter, WARM UP!

Ok, just so we are on the same page, I consider aerobic exercise to be one of the best ways to work out your body. Of course, aerobic exercise could cover several activities, from weight lifting to marathon running. But for purposes of this writing, we won't get into specifics; we'll keep it all general, ok?

One of the main benefits of aerobic exercise is it gives you more energy and it increases your metabolism. It gives you more energy, because when you do aerobic exercise, you use major muscle groups. In turn, this causes your heart rate to increase, which means it needs more oxygen to function, which in turn causes it to use more energy. Once your heart and your body gets used to this increase in oxygen and energy, it will want it more and more. That's when your body starts to use more energy and burn more fat and calories to get this energy. So, in other words, the more you use your heart, the more it wants to be used. Get it?

Of course, the most common forms of aerobic activity is walking, running, bike riding and swimming. Two benefits of aerobic activity are:

1. It helps your blood circulate and keeps your blood pressure levels. 
2. It helps you lose weight and eliminate stress.

Word of caution though..... please pace yourself when starting out. If you go out and run a marathon for your first workout, it may do more harm than good to your body. You see, you'll have to build up to doing these harder workouts. Anyone can get there, but you have to start off with maybe 20-30 minutes of a workout that increases your heart rate. After some time (it varies for everyone) you can start to increase your time of the workout or increase your intensity of the workout.

Let your body build up to this gradually.

If you are unclear about what you should be doing, ALWAYS consult your doctor before doing ANY kind of workout! Experts will tell you that aerobic exercise is one of the best ways to lose weight.  Speaking of experts, have you check out ? Experts are interviewed and they reveal their workout secrets and strategies to you!
Of course, aerobic exercise is not the only thing you must do to accomplish this weight loss, but it's a great start and you'll be on your way.

Remember, to get to the level of FITNESS and/or HEALTH that you're striving for is up to you. BUT, you can get advice from the experts on how to get there. Experts will give you their secrets on getting to the "upper levels", if you will.

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About the Author

Andrew interviews experts in the Fitness and Health fields.  His interviews range from Muscle Growth to Yoga to Weight Loss to Healthy Cooking to Strength Training.  Anything fitness related, he's the hook up.  Be his guest, you're invited.  Go to for more info.

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