- I have been a teacher of fitness and health for thirty years. In 1989 I was certified for personal training with the National Acadamy of Sports Medicine. I had a gym in Santa Barbara for eight years. Co-owned and created a spinning bike company which manufactured bikes for five years. Also I have worked with nutrition companies for twenty years. Along with many wonderful non famous people I have trained many celebrities, and members of the Royal Family. My own athletic past consists of long distance running, long distance cycling, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, rollerblading, hiking, sand running, track work, and weight training. I have authored two fitness columns in local papers, and have been writing this blog since January 2010.
Friday, September 10, 2010
More Talk on Cardio
I have written many blogs on the importance of doing cardiovascular exercise, and here I go again. If you want to lose fat, strengthen your heart, reverse your aging process, and feel your best, you must do cardiovascular exercise.
On January 3rd I wrote a blog called, "Why We Should do Cardio". It helps to strengthen your heart, reduces blood pressure and heart rate, builds healthy bones, and helps your lungs function better. It also is a great tool for burning the fat. When we engage in cardiovascular exercise, we not only become healthier physically, but it helps our mental outlook as well.
Cardio exercise is a wonderful tool for reducing stress, and can change a bad mood into a good one. I have experienced this myself too many times to mention them. If ever I am feeling down or in a funk, a run, hike, or bike ride, will put me back into a good thinking space.
February 13th I wrote a blog about Hiking. This is a perfect way to do your cardio. Hiking gets you outdoors which is always good, and it can be as challenging as you choose to make it. Some hikes can be flat, and others can involve more hilly and steep terrain. Its all good!
On April 5th I wrote a blog about spinning. This is such a great way to do cardio. This exercise is said to burn twice the amount of calories than other exercise machines. If you don't have a lot of time to dedicate to cycling, this is a great alternative. It is done in a class setting so you don't have to worry about he dangers on the road. It only takes 45 minutes to an hour to get the job done that is equal to two hours on the road. Fantastic for your legs and butt too!
April 20th I wrote about "Dancing for Health" as a way of getting your cardio in. Dancing can be a very vigorous exercise, and it has the added benefit of being a lot of fun. It doesn't matter what kind of dancing you are doing, as long as you are moving your body around the floor, you are doing cardio exercise. Most gyms offer different types of dance for their cardio classes. It is a perfect way to get it done.
On April 26th, I talked about how swimming is a good choice for cardio. Swimming is always a good choice for non impact and being weightless. If you have any injuries or structural issues, swimming is usually a good choice. When you are in the water your body feels lighter and is not hindered by gravity. Swimming is good.
If you are serious about getting into cardio exercise, I wrote a blog about doing triathlons on May 11th. You must be serious to take on this task, but if you are, you will probably get into the best shape of your life. Read this blog if you are thinking about taking on a triathlon.
June 25th there is a blog about riding bikes for fitness. This is my favorite way to get my cardio in. It is such a thrill to get on a bike, have the wind in your face, and feel like a kid again. It is a high calorie burning exercise too. A super way to get fit and stay that way, having fun is the bonus!
Of course walking is always a way to do cardio. On January 26th I wrote a blog about the benefits of walking. February 2oth, I wrote about it again. Walking can be done almost anywhere. You do not need anything but a good pair of walking shoes to do it. It is a no nonsense way to get fit and healthy. If you can walk, you can exercise. Simple as that!
Take a moment to re-read the cardiovascular blogs. If you are not doing cardio 3 to 7 times a week, you are not taking care of yourself correctly. It is vital for optimum health. There are so many ways to participate in a cardio exercise. Walking, running, hiking, biking, swimming, rollerblading, dancing, spinning, aerobic classes, exercise machines, and more. You will find a blog on each of those topics if you go back into the archives of my site.
Make sure it is part of your daily life to exercise your heart, lungs, and whole self. You will feel better, look better, and think better for it!