Enjoyable Cardiovascular Exercise
by Dr. Robert Osgoodby
Let's face it, most people enjoy cardiovascular exercise as much as a visit to the their oral surgeon - or - spending the weekend with their in-laws. Most people's idea of the perfect cardiovascular exercise program is walking from the bedroom to the bathroom. If you want to decrease your body fat percentage, get ripped, and have your waist, legs, and rear end look like a million dollars, there is no substitution for cardio - but it doesn't have to be boring and a major chore you hate.
Select cardiovascular exercises that you enjoy doing. If you hate to run, it is going to be very hard for you to get up every morning at 6:00 AM and run for 30 minutes. Choose an exercise that you enjoy doing. Walking, crawling, jogging, running, bicycling, stairmaster, nordic ski machine, cross trainer, rowing, swimming, aerobics, trampoline, martial arts, dance, basketball, soccer, fencing, gymnastics, sex, and mud wrestling are just a few of the hundreds of exercises that will take your heart rate and keep it in the fat burning zone for what ever time is appropriate for your present condition. If you enjoy a certain activity, you are more likely to do it on a routine basis. Select exercises that are good for you.
Cardiovascular exercise provides you with a multitude of benefits. It increases your metabolic rate which burns body fat, increases blood flow to your brain and major organs, improves digestion, reduces stress, increases alertness, and boosts your immune system.
Research supports that getting your cardiovascular exercise out of the way, first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach is best for fat burning. Some sources state that you can burn up to 3 times as much fat per hour exercising on an empty stomach. There are several medical conditions including hypoglycemia which would be a contraindication from you doing any type of exercise on an empty stomach. That is why it is imperative that you have a comprehensive medical examination before starting any cardiovascular exercise program.
I realize cardiovascular exercise can be boring, but there are several things that you can do to make it more enjoyable, and also make it seem to go by faster. If you go to any up-scale health club today, there is a television set in front of every cardiovascular station. Television, radio, and educational audio tape series all help keep your mind focused on something other than the chore at hand.
Don't waste this valuable time staring in space. Learn Spanish, French, or Japanese. Catch up on the latest marketing tips in your field of expertise. Lose yourself in the latest audio romance series by your favorite author. Learn how to be a better mother, father, lover or Bridge player. Study trivia just in case one day, you come face to face with Regis. Slap on a Walkman and listen to whatever interests you. You will be amazed how quickly your cardiovascular exercise will be over. Sometimes, you will find yourself spending five, ten, even twenty minutes more time exercising because you are caught up in what you are listening to.
There have been many times I have been amazed that thirty minutes have gone by because I have been pre-occupied with something else, and not watching the seconds tick away on the treadmill or stairmaster. Listen to something you really enjoy.
Regular cardiovascular exercise is not something that comes natural to most people unless you are already a fanatic. When I first started training, I hated doing cardio. It takes a little time, but just like anything else, if you do it long enough, it becomes part of your daily routine. Your day won't feel complete unless you have done it. Kind of like a morning without orange juice. Plus, cardiovascular exercise releases endorphins into your system which will give you a natural high and make you feel great. This kind of high doesn't cost you $1,000.00 a week, give you nose bleeds, make you cough, or destroy your brain, liver or lungs.
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