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What is cardio exercise and what are good examples?

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Wiki User
06/12/2015

The best cardio exercise is the one that suits you as an individual.

In other words, the best cardio exercise is the one that you can sustain. For example, walking is easier on your body than running or jogging. Therefore, walking will be the best cardio if you are significantly overweight or unaccustomed to exercise. Therefore, the best cardio (or more than one if you like variety) is one that you can physically sustain and not grow bored with after the first week.

Any activity that increases your heart and respiration rate for a specific period of time is cardio exercise. There are many different kinds of cardiovascular exercise; they vary from mild to intense.

Cardio exercise can be such things as:

  • brisk walking (outdoors or on a treadmill)
  • jogging
  • running
  • trampolinining
  • cross-country skiing
  • aerobic dancing
  • rowing
  • cycling (when done in a cardio way)
  • Nordic walking
  • etc.

For beginners, brisk walking is one of the better cardio exercises because is easier on your body than running or jogging and it is sustainable long term.

It is important to do cardio exercise at the right intensity. This should be not too low and not too high.

Here are the free cardio plans and instructions to get you started:

  1. Free Cardio Walking Plan 1 (the easier plan)
  2. Free Cardio Walking Plan 2 (the harder plan)
  3. Free Intense Cardio Exercise, Plan 3

Wiki User
06/12/2015

WHAT IS CARDIO EXERCISE AND WHAT ARE GOOD EXAMPLES

So, what is cardio exercise and what are good examples? Well, any exercise, sport or activity that increases your heart and respiration rate for a specific period is cardiovascular (cardio) exercise. There are different degrees from mild to intense.

Intense cardio exercises include running, interval training, and graded exercise protocol.

Brisk walking is an example of mild cardio exercise.

If you are new to exercise, you may wish to begin with mild cardio, then work your way up. A good form of mild cardio is brisk walking (outdoors or treadmill). For someone new to exercise, walking is easier on your body than jogging or running and it is sustainable.

There are page links to three, free, cardio-exercise plans (two mild and one intense) at the bottom of this answer.

Here are a few examples of cardio exercise:

  • brisk walking on a treadmill or outdoors
  • jogging on a treadmill or outdoors
  • running on a treadmill or outdoors
  • rowing
  • cross-country skiing
  • trampolining
  • minitrampolining
  • Nordic walking
  • Aerobic dancing


WHAT IS CARDIO EXERCISE AND WHAT ARE GOOD EXAMPLES, SUMMARY:

As stated earlier, overall, there are two types of cardio exercise, namely, intense and mild.

Mild cardio exercises keep your maximum heart rate at about 60 to 65%. Intense cardio exercises involve a maximum heart rate that is considerably higher (usually up to about 85% or even 90%).

In terms of burning fat during exercise, mild cardio is superior to intense cardio. So, you might think that everyone should do mild cardio exercise. That's incorrect. Mild cardio exercises are not effective fat burning exercises long-term.

Why?

Well, they do actually burn more fat than intense cardio exercise. However, by doing them regularly, your body will adapt. Regrettably, it will adapt by storing fat during the recovery period until your next mild cardio exercise session. This is not good. You do not want to store fat! You want to burn it.it.

Whereas, intense cardio burns more fat overall because it stimulates more fat burning between intense cardio exercise sessions. In addition, because intense cardio is intense, it must be brief.

This is great for lazy people or people who do not like exercise. -:)

Therefore, in my humble opinion, intense cardio exercises are the best. I suggest two to three intense cardio sessions per week. In particular, if you have not been doing intense cardio exercise, I recommend starting with GXP (see the Intense Cardio Plan 3 page link at the bottom of this answer).

For weight loss or health, even if you start with mild cardio that will be a great step forward, and then move on to intense cardio exercise as soon as you are able.

(Before changing you exercise habits, first seek the approval of your own physician, especially if you already have any known condition or disease.)


So for the free cardio plans and instructions, use the links given below:




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Wiki User
06/12/2015

Any exercise, activity or sport that increases your heart and respiration rate for a specific period is cardio (cardiovascular) exercise. There are different degrees from mild to intense. Intense cardio exercises include running, interval training, and graded exercise protocol. Those are not for beginners.

Beginners can begin with a mild cardio exercise and do it relatively frequently for a significant duration. An excellent one is brisk walking (outdoors or treadmill). Walking is easier on your body than jogging or running and it is sustainable. If unaccustomed to exercise, you may wish to seek the approval of your physician before changing exercise habits.

For a choice of free cardio exercise plans to get you started (one easier plan, one harder plan, one intense) or to advance you further, see the page links, further down this page, listed under Sources and Related Links.

Meanwhile, here are examples of cardio exercise:

  • walking
  • cross-country skiing
  • jogging
  • running
  • trampolining
  • minitrampolining
  • nordic walking
  • aerobic dancing
  • treadmill walking
  • treadmill jogging
  • treadmill running
  • rowing
  • cycling
  • stationary cycling.

It is important to do cardio exercise at the right intensity. This should be not too low and not too high.

So, for the free cardio plans and instructions to get you started use the page links below:


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