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Get Fit And Have Fun With Cardio

Jan 21, 2008
Many people are insecure of their physique. They feel uncomfortable in public places and in crowds, always wondering whether they are being unfavorably scrutinized and judged. All this leads to rather low self-esteem.

If you can identify with this it is important to realize that you are not the only one who feels this way. The fact is that there are many people who feel they are judged or limited by their appearance and physical condition.

Before anything can be done about this people must ask themselves a question: would they rather continue same old routine (doing nothing) or would they prefer to make changes and do the work required to generate self-improvement.

Your self confidence is among the most important commodities that you have. When you exude more confidence, you'll find it much easier to achieve your full potential. Everyone has a little room for improvement. Reinventing yourself and coming up with a brand-new you might just give you the confidence to face the hardships and complexities that the world can present. Don't be afraid to pamper and treat yourself to the life you deserve.

One of the most important steps to self-improvement is developing your health and physique. Cardio is one healthy exercise program that is a very affective way of accomplishing your goals.

Before starting a new cardio program, be sure to visit your doctor. To increase the effectiveness and productivity of your cardio sessions, here are other valuable considerations to keep in mind:

1. Take small steps for big results. Start off small, and then gradually increase your cardio exercise sessions.

2. Don't run on empty. Never do cardio exercises on an empty stomach, unless advised by your doctor.

3. Do a thirty minute workout. Your body responds to cardio exercise in such a way that you need to keep the cardio going for at least 30 minutes. This may be done at a medium or high intensity.

4. Stretch before exercising. Your muscles should always be gently stretched to prepare them for an exercise regime. Be sure to stretch your calves, hamstrings, and quadriceps to avoid injury.

5. Know what your target heart rate is and be sure to monitor your heart rate regularly, such as during breaks, or in between sessions.

6. Vary your workout. If you become bored with the cardio routine, you'll be inclined to give it up. Avoid boredom with different forms of cardio such as martial arts, rowing, and running. Keep it fun and exciting.

7. Vary the intensity of your workout within the session. For example, use a slow or easy pace for the last 10 percent of the cardio session. This will help to condition the muscles to stop exerting too much effort. High intensity cardio should be done for approximately 40%, and moderate intensity cardio is best when done half of the entire exercise session.

8. If you wish to use both cardio and weightlifting you should always maintain an interval of 8 hours between workouts. Your muscles require rest in order to keep up with the rest of your activities. Also, your body requires nutrients and fluids to replace what is used in a workout.

Following these tips makes it easier to improve your fitness and appearance. Soon, your confidence and self-esteem will soar as well.
About the Author
Freelancer Aldrich Cusens is a writer for several popular Internet magazines, on heart health and health plan themes.
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