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At Home Cardio Workouts

Posted Apr 23 2009 12:56am

At Home Cardio

At Home Cardio

At home cardio is quickly becoming a good substitute for doing the same at your local Bally’s. Many people join a gym with good intentions, but then use "the drive" as an excuse for why they don't have time.

Once you add in a few cardio routines that you can do from the comfort of your own home, you will have removed one less roadblock to getting the body you want by still getting in a great workout even on the days you can't make it to the gym.

So, let's get straight what cardio exercise means and exercises that fall under the classification of a cardio workout, along with discussing their advantages as well.

Cardio exercise is also referred to as aerobic exercise, which is defined as exercise that requires and improves the consumption of oxygen by our body, as opposed to anaerobic exercise which involves strength and weight training and increasing one’s ability to exhibit short bursts of power as compared to achieving overall fitness by focusing on the former, and therefore being able to exhibit similar strength for a sustained period of time. (Say that 5 times fast!)

What that actually means is that aerobic exercise improves the intake and use of oxygen by the body, which means that this will increase the metabolism of the body as well, which produces more energy. The heart is kept healthy by the oxygen that is pumped into it, and if aerobic exercise is performed regularly, it will result in excellent cardiovascular health.

Now that we understand the importance of what cardio exercise means, let’s also look at some advantages that it brings.

Advantages of At Home Cardio

  1. Strengthening the muscles involved in respiration, to facilitate the flow of air in and out of our lungs
  2. Strengthening and enlarging the heart muscle, to improve its pumping efficiency and reduce the resting heart rate, known as aerobic conditioning
  3. Toning muscles throughout the body
  4. Improving circulation efficiency and reducing blood pressure
  5. Increasing the total number of red blood cells in the body, facilitating transport of oxygen
  6. Improved mental health, including reducing stress and lowering the incidence of depression

For me personally, advantage number six was the most obvious benefit I received from doing aerobic exercise during my routine at home. There are some things that you begin to see improvements with right away. And I know that this is something people don’t want to admit so I felt that I should point it out anyways now that I feel great and know that it’s because of exercise that I have made so much progress.

In addition to being depressed, I was broke too so the exercises had to be cost-effective which involved the avoidance of purchasing expensive equipment that you would find in a gym.

And the perfect solution for this was to focus on cardio exercises, and then gradually progress to weight-training as well.

Some of the best cardio exercises are also the simplest ones:

  • Running/ Jogging (on staircases as a variation)
  • Skipping
  • Lateral Box Shuffle
  • Box Marches
  • Jumping jacks
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Step Aerobics

This isn’t an exhaustive list as there are a bazillion cardio exercises/ workouts which focus on different parts of your body, which you can perform at your own time and in the comfort of your own home with no need to feel embarrassed while doing them at a gym.

These can all be done with little or no equipment at all, so no more excuses!

What are some of your favorite at home cardio workouts?

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