As the cornerstone of physical fitness, cardiovascular conditioning uses the large muscles of the body in a rhythmic and continual manner to increase heart rate and breathing for a sustained period of time.
The beauty of cardiovascular conditioning is: It’s fun!
Examples of cardiovascular exercises: brisk walking, jogging, running, swimming, bicycling, inline skating and cross-country skiing.
When selecting a conditioning exercise, give it some careful consideration. Depending on your goals, your current physical condition and medical history, certain types of conditioning exercises may be better for you than others.
Your best conditioning plan is to use several appropriate exercise options. This helps reduce the possibility of overuse injuries while creating a balanced conditioning program. Multiple exercises may also enhance your enjoyment of cardiovascular conditioning — this can increase the likelihood that you follow through on your commitment to conditioning.
Although cardiovascular training of 30 to 60 minutes/per session is preferred, it’s a good idea to take a couple of weeks to build up to this level of training. To progress, your goal should be to engage in cardiovascular exercise for at least three times a week using your current training level as the baseline.
If you have questions about your cardiovascular conditioning, ask your health care provider.
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