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Boost Cardio to Lose Weight and Help the Heart

By Brandi Goodman 

February is American Heart Month. You should work toward improving your heart health no matter your age. The more you do to keep it healthy now, the better it will continue to work in the future. Boosting cardio is a great way to lose weight while also helping the heart. 

What is Cardio?

Cardiovascular exercise, commonly referred to as cardio, gets your heart rate up and your blood pumping. You should experience heavier breathing as well. It should improve the overall function of your heart and lungs. It improves your heart because you're making sure it's working harder and getting the exercise it needs to function well. You are also more likely to lose weight because you are burning lots of calories during cardio exercise. 

Basic Cardio Options

The most basic forms of cardio are walking, running, and swimming. These seem to be the main three choices that people make when looking for a way to boost their cardiovascular exercise. A leisurely walk around the block won't suffice, either. You need to do some intervals of fast-paced walking to ensure your heart is pumping faster than normal. Walk slower to catch a break before walking fast yet again. The same goes for a swim. Wading around a shallow pool won't do you much good. You need to swim some laps to get your heart going. 

Other Cardio Possibilities

Burning as many calories as possible is usually a major goal when people do cardio. One great option for that is jumping rope. Using a jump rope for an entire hour can burn 1,000 calories! Chances are that you won't do the activity for that long, but even 500 calories in a half-hour is a great burn. 

Rowing is another possibility. The activity can burn up to 840 calories in an hour, or 420 calories in a half-hour. A rowing machine in the gym or at home allows you to do this anytime you want. You'll experience a great core and arm workout with this one. 

Try out some cardio at least a couple of times a week if you want to improve your heart health while also losing weight. Before starting, be sure to visit the chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. Your doctor can remove joint restrictions and ensure your body is adequately prepared for the workout ahead. You may also want to incorporate regular chiropractic care if you make exercise a routine so your body remains as flexible and pain-free as possible. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cary, N.C.

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