A recent study determined the incredible heart benefits from brief, intense exercise bouts. If you want to lose fat and get in the best shape of your life you have to get your heart pumping on a regular basis. Whatever your goals are, whether it's to lose weight, gain endurance or train for an event such as a marathon, you have to know how to work your heart efficiently and effectively. The worst thing you can do is "chill" on the treadmill while reading your favorite magazine or God forbid, the newspaper (yes, I've witnessed it myself). So here's the deal - you have to insert some high intensity bouts of exercise to get a "revved up" workout. One way to make sure that happens is to monitor your heart rate. Most cardiovascular machines have a guide for your heart rate based on age and intensity level however these machines are calibrated for the general population. As a result, you may not get the "real" numbers that can make a difference in your results. It's best to have a heart rate monitor to get the most accurate reading and use it on a regular basis. By monitoring your heart rate, you'll see the difference in your level of fitness over time. Here's the heart rate monitor that I recommend. Click here to order.
So what do you do? There are a myriad of cardiovascular training options out there so don't get overwhelmed. I suggest you start simple at first and then branch out using other exercise options. If you like the treadmill or jogging outside, try one of my favorite belly fat shedding programs.
I also recommend this elliptical machine option:
Warm - up - 5 minute 1 minute, resistance 4, go "hard" (e.g. maximum effort) 2 minutes, recover, no resistance 1 minute, resistance 5, go "hard" 2 minutes, recover, no resistance 1 minute, resistance 6, go "hard" 2 minutes, recover, no resistance 1 minute, resistance 7, go "hard" 2 minutes, recover, no resistance 5 minutes, cool down, no resistance *Be sure to stretch afterward for 5-10 minutes
So the next time you workout, think about all the great things you're doing for your heart. By getting that oxygenated blood pumping through your system you're providing your heart with all the long-term benefits that come with a challenging cardiovascular workouts. Plus, you'll lose that stubborn weight, improve your stamina and feel great!. Remember, follow your heart to the gym and then work it out!