We’re on day 3 of 4 days of focus on physical activity. We focused on moving more and on stretching more. Now, it’s time to get our hearts pumping with 30 minutes of cardio.
The goal is to get your heart in the range of your target heart rate for the duration of your workout, but listen to your body. The target heart rate is just a guide post. Read more about how to calculate it here.
Sure cardio burns fat and calories, but it also makes your heart stronger, increases your lung capacity, and reduces your risk for heart attack, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer. It improves your mood, helps you sleep better, and reduces stress.
The secret is to start where you are. When you’ve been working on your health and fitness for a while, you may want to challenge yourself with a strenuous cardio routine. If you’re 40 pounds overweight and completely out of shape like I was just 6 or 7 years ago, start with something easy and fun like walking the dog.
The most important part of developing an exercise routine is finding things that make you happy. If you like dancing, do that. If you like swimming, do that. Make it something you look forward to.