Best Cardiovascular Exercises

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Cardiovascular exercises are the best exercises around today when it comes to losing weight and losing it fast. Not everyone has success when it comes to dieting and exercise but the majority of people that venture into these activities have success and meet their goals. So what are the best cardiovascular exercises available to those looking to lose* weight? The best ones are running, swimming, bicycling, weight lifting, walking, rollerblading, jogging, sprinting and even aerobic dance.

Cardiovascular Exercises

Let us begin with running. Running is possibly the best cardiovascular exercise because it gets the heart pumping rapidly to provide the body with oxygen and blood. Running is considered a high impact activity, which means that overweight people might want to try a different exercise to lose* weight. Alternative exercises for highly overweight people could be a brisk walk, cycling, or swimming. All three of these exercises are not high impact. Running is an effective cardiovascular exercise that is perfect for losing weight in the hips because the body was built to run. If you are beginning a running regimen, start small and work your way up to the speed and distance where you want to wind up at.

Swimming can only be an effective cardiovascular exercise if you own a pool or live near water. However, if you belong to a recreational center that has a pool then swimming won’t be as difficult as it would be without living near a body of water. Swimming helps people lose* weight because the constant movement against the water makes the heart work harder. Swimming not only benefits overweight people but also paraplegics and other injured people when they are trying to rehabilitate from their injuries.

Rollerblading has become more and more popular over the past couple of years as a highly effective method of losing weight. Rollerblading is an effective cardiovascular exercise because it works the entire body, especially the lower portion of the body. When rollerblading, the person performing the activity will perspire, helping him or her lose* weight in the process. Always stretch before you rollerblade in order to keep your legs and lower back from suffering cramps or other injuries. If you need to take a break, make sure you do so. Make sure you drink a lot of water when rollerblading too.

Bicycling is another great cardiovascular exercise that helps to get a person’s heart rate going. When bicycling, the person will work the lower extremities of their body because the exercise targets their legs, thighs, hips and buttocks. When bicycling, the biker will be pedaling against the wind at one point or another. When the biker pedals against the wind, he or she will have to exert more energy so that the bike does not stop and roll backwards. The same can be said if the biker is pedaling up a hill.

All of these cardiovascular exercises are perfect for people looking to lose* weight, especially if they are targeting specific areas. Swimming targets the arms and shoulders, bicycling targets the shins and the thighs, running targets the shins and hips and rollerblading targets the legs and buttocks.

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