The benefits of cardiovascular exercise are multifold:
- reduces the risk of heart diseases
- improves overall muscle mass and makes you look lean
- promotes weight loss by burning fat
- reduces cholesterol in the blood
Keeping yourself motivated to exercise 4-5 times a week is key. Here are some tips to help you stay on track.
Determine your need and capacity
You need to figure out what your need and capacity for cardiovascular exercise is. Are you young or older? Are you fit or trying to get there? Do you have back or knee trouble? All these questions will help you determine the level and intensity of cardiovascular exercise. If your need is low-intensity you can choose between walking, swimming, rowing or biking. If you have a higher fitness level and no medical conditions then you can opt for running. Your zeal to continue with the exercise is directly proportional to the appropriateness of the level of exercise for your condition.
Select the time and day of your exercise
To make sure you stick to your exercise regimen and succeed in maintaining your exercise goals, you need to decide the exact days and times of your exercise. You need to make it a priority in your life and once you commit to a time, it will be easier to just show up and do it. If you try to fit exercise into your day without planning it in advance, it will never happen because something always gets in the way. You should plan on 4-5 days of cardio exercise – at the very least you should do 4 days. Remember, weekends are generally times when you have more time on your hands. You might want to fit your exercise for both days. This way, you only need to work out 2 days during the week.