Cardio Training

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Get ready for some hearty exercise. Cardiovascular training (also known as aerobic exercise) helps to keep your circulatory system healthy, as well as having lots of other benefits for your general fitness and wellbeing. Time to get those trainers on...

How does it work?

There are lots of different forms of aerobic exercise out there, so you’re bound to find something that suits you. Jogging, [[treatment/running/| running]], [[treatment/walking-groups/| walking]] and [[treatment/swimming/| swimming]] are all good ways to get your heart rate going and maintain your cardiovascular health. You could also try cardio training in the gym, using machines such as the treadmill or cross trainer to improve your fitness levels and really get you into shape. Well, you might as well put that membership you bought to good use...

Experts recommend doing cardio exercise 3-5 times a week, for a period of 30-50 minutes. It’s great to be enthusiastic, but be careful not to overdo it – too much exercise can be as harmful as too little, with the risk of heart strain.

A cardio session should always begin with a warm up and end with a cool down, to make sure you stay nice and limber and don’t do yourself any injuries.

Is it for me?

Regular cardio exercise can help to:

Burn fat Increase energy Prevent anxiety and depression Lower blood pressure Improve the immune system Increase muscular strength *Protect the body against diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis and heart problems

Cardio training can be beneficial to people of all ages – however, you must make sure never to attempt exercises outside of your physical capabilities. Consult your doctor if you are not sure which forms of exercise are suitable for you – they’ll be happy to help.

Good to know

Cardiovascular exercise is not only great for your physical wellbeing – it can also help you to destress after a long day at work. Why not put some music on and head to the gym or pound those pavements to really release that tension.

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