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The average American over the age of 30 will gains 5 pounds a year. Some estimate that 60 percent of our population is overweight. Of course, the best way to avoid obesity is to fight back temptation and never eat those unwanted calories in the first place. Don't worry there is a way to keep weight gain at bay, and that is through EXERCISE!!!

Whether it's pounding the pavement, peddling miles on the bike, or climbing those stairs that seem to go nowhere, it's all about cardio exercise. But other than a sweaty t-shirt, what do you have to show for your workout? Ripped abs, tone arms, and if your exercising the right amount of time you could reap the full health benefits of cardiovascular fitness.

Cardiovascular exercise is any type of exercise that increases the work of the heart and lungs. From running and walking, to swimming, elliptical cross-training, biking, Stairmaster, and rowing; the physical benefits of cardio exercise include:

• Reduced risk of heart disease
• Improved muscle mass
• Improved heart function
• Reduced risk of osteoporosis
• Improved blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels

The American College of Sports Medicine and the CDC recommend, for health, that adults should accumulate 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days of the week, and to improve cardiovascular endurance, they recommend 20 to 60 minutes on three to five days per week."

Top 5 Best Cardio Excersise

Running - Running is one of best activities you can do. It doesn't require special equipment and you can do it anywhere. Best of all, you burn serious calories, especially if you add hills and sprints. A 145-lb person can burn 300 (at 5.2 mph) in 30 minutes. The downside is you need to watch your knees and ankles for any discomfort or pain.

Bicycling - Outdoors or indoors, cycling gives some great cardio. Using all the power in your legs, you'll increase endurance while burning lots of calories, anywhere from 250-500 in 30 minutes, depending on how fast you go and how high your resistance is.

Elliptical Trainer - The elliptical trainer is a great way to build endurance while protecting your aching joints from high impact activities. Plus, if you use one with arms, it's just like using a cross-country ski machine. The elliptical trainer is also a good choice for runners looking for a break from pounding the pavement. A 145-lb person burns about 300 calories in 30 minutes.

Cross-Country Skiing - Whether you're on a gym machine or swooshing over miles of snow, cross-country skiing is an incredible cardio exercise. What makes it so great is that it involves your upper and lower body, which means it doesn't take much to get your heart rate soaring. A 145-lb person burns about 330 calories during 30 minutes of skiing.

Swimming - Swimming, like cross-country skiing, is a full body exercise. The more body parts you involve in your workout, the more calories you'll burn. Spend 30 minutes doing the breaststroke and you'll burn almost 400 calories. Best of all, your joints are fully supported so you don't have to worry about high-impact injuries.

Turn Your Workouts into Fat-Burning and Fun Activities that Give You Results.

Always give yourself a bit of a head start into any program. This means that if you normally push yourself to just complete 20 min on exercise like stepper or bike and are really tired at the end, it is unlikely that you can progress positively. Try cutting back the time or the intensity of the exercise before trying on a progression program and work up to your previous best. This will give you added recovery and added confidence for your next workouts so that you're able to break through and improve.

In general it is better to progress by increasing the intensity or the time completed very gradually over time. Always keep in mind that health fitness is and should be a long-term goal. There's always time to break your personal best. Better you hold back and enjoy the exercise routine and progress slowly as compared to constantly pushing it to your limits. Not only will you be better recovered but you'll also learn to associate fun and freedom with exercise. This should be your primary concern.

Work out with a friend or group. Burning calories with a friend will help pass the time faster, and you may even both get better results. And if you know that another person is counting on you to show up, you may be less likely to skip a workout. Activities like spinning or jogging with a group are ways to help burn calories while keeping your mind on other things.

Always keep an exercise diary. This will ensure that you're on track and getting results by giving you feedback. But will also give you the satisfaction ok knowing that a year ago you could only run 3 kilometers while now you can easily run 7. Writing it down tells your mind that you're serious.

Burn Optimal Calories, knowing how many calories that specific activities can burn during a session can give you a better idea of which ones you may want to include in your workout. Some activities may actually burn more calories than you thought.

 
Running 9 mph
501
 
 
Running 7.5 mph
418
 
 
Ski Machine
317
 
 
Bicycling with moderate effort
267
 
 
Running 5 mph
267
 
 
Circuit Training
267
 
 
Stair climber
200
 
 
Swimming
200
 
 
Grocery Shopping
117
 
 
Brisk Walking
150
 
 
Weight Training
100
 
 
Sleeping
30
 

 

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