Regular exercise helps protect the body from chronic disease, improves mood and reduces the chance of injury. Cardiovascular exercise is important for maintaining and improving your health. It strengthens the heart, flushes toxins from the body and burns calories.

Cardio As a Warm-up

  • Increases heart rate
  • Increases respiratory rate
  • Increases tissue temperature
  • Increases mental focus
Cardio As a Workout
  • Boosts immune system
  • Increases performance
  • Increases sense of well-being
  • Decreases risk of cancer
  • Decreases risk of diabetes
  • Decreases depression
  • Decreases hypertension
  • Decreases obesity
Cardio Guidelines
  • Frequency – Perform cardio exercise 3-5 time per week
  • Intensity – 40% to 80% of  Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) MHR= 220 minus Your Age
  • Time – Perform cardio exercise for 15 to 60 minutes
  • Type – Elliptical, Treadmill, Stairmaster, Jump Rope, Aerobics classes, etc.
  • Enjoyment – Do cardio exercises that you enjoy. Exercise should be fun!

Cardio Zones*

Heart Rate Zone      % of MHR      Activity
Zone 1      65-75%      Walking or Jogging
Zone 2      80-85%      Spinning Class
Zone 3      86-90%      Sprinting

*Always wear a Heart Rate Monitor

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Cardio Equipment

Here are some cardiovascular exercises that you may enjoy:

  • Walking – a simple and great form of exercise that is simple yet effective
  • Swimming – provides a low impact total body workout
  • Dancing – burn calories and get healthy by grooving to your favorite songs
  • Jogging – a fun way to exercise whether indoors our outdoors

The great thing about cardio and exercise period is that your body continues to burn calories after you leave the gym or finish your workout!  You’ll continue to burn calories at an increased rate for up to a few hours after your workout.  This is known as the “after burn” effect or Excess Postexercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC).  Performing cardio exercise is a double win!

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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