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Today we're going to be looking at the fundamentals of cardio and what it can do for you.
2. Cardio for Couch Potatoes
The first thing to do is determine if you're in the proper health. Cardio can be very dangerous if you're not in the proper condition or health. I strongly recommend having a physical before you attempt to begin a physical routine. Not only can having a physical ensure your safety, it can also give you some great information about conditions specific to you. Catching diabetes or heart disease early can be a life saver.
Cardio for Couch Potatoes:
Alright, the first thing we're going to be looking at is Cardio for Couch Potatoes. This is the first thing you should do if you're not conditioned for exercise, and it can get you prepped for some serious training later on. Not only will it get you conditioned to do higher intensity, you'll feel much better within weeks if you follow this routine.
Treadmill/elliptical/neighborhood street: 10 minutes at a moderate pace
Just hop on your favorite machine and go at a slightly above average pace. If you don't have access to a machine, take a walk around your neighborhood. My personal recommendation is a 3.0 mph walk on a treadmill with the incline at 3. This is great for people with bad knees, and over time it will help strengthen them as well as increase your conditioning. If the treadmill is not for you, get on the elliptical and go at a moderate pace for 10 minutes. If neither is an option, go for a walk around your local gym's track or your neighborhood. Aim for a powerwalk, but slow down if you need to. This is not meant to be a high intensity exercise; it is simply to get you ready for the rest of the routine.
The most important thing to remember is to keep at it! I'm always here for questions, and I'll be happy to respond. Once you find it easy to do this routine, speed up, go longer, or move on to Cardio 102. There's no rush, and you can hurt yourself by going too fast. This method is for overall health, not simply to lose weight as fast as possible.
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