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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

C is for Cardio


Welcome to day 3 of the Blogging A-Z April Challenge, 2013!  Each day in April (except Sundays) I will be posting here, and the posts will be in alphabetical order!  This blog is all about my journey to weight loss / good health & fitness. 

For some shameless self-promotion, I have 2 other blogs in the challenge, too.  Check them out!
Maple Grove Cemetery - Halloween related, but don't worry - no gore.  
Random Ramblings - lives up to its name.  Totally random.

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Cardio - basically means pertaining to the heart.  So a cardio workout is one that really gives your heart a workout.

There are at least a gazillion ways to get in cardiovascular exercise.  Walking, running, aerobics, biking and skating are all obvious forms of cardio.  But did you know that it also includes dancing, swimming, and even shoveling snow?  I can vouch for that one a couple times this past winter!

If you are able to talk, sing, breathe regularly and are not sweating, your intensity is low. If you can talk and sing but your breathing is deep and you are sweating after about 10 minutes, your intensity is moderate.  If you can just briefly talk, can't sing, your breathing is rapid and deep, and you are sweating after 3-5 minutes, your intensity is high.

I personally like Leslie Sansone's Walk At Home DVDs. The Fast 4 miles DVD is killer!  The 3 mile walk takes 40 minutes.  The 4 mile walk takes 45 minutes- so the pace is really amped up and includes high-intensity intervals.




What's your favorite type of cardio?

8 comments:

  1. My husband uses an elliptical at work, but the two of us walk together. We are out in here the beautiful countryside. That is the extent of our exercise. I am an avid gardener but my doctor said that is trauma, not exercise.

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    1. I wish I could drag my hubby out walking with me! It doesn't really seem like exercise when you're out with someone.

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  2. I'm partial to the elliptical. I sing all the time while I'm doing it. Sometimes I sound like a dying frog but you know... some songs you can't help be sing.

    KC @ The Occasional Adventures of a Hermit & Oh Frog It

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    1. I know there are lots of songs out there that you have to sing to. My daughter & I surprise each other. I caught her singing to classic George Strait and she's caught me singing to One Direction.

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  3. So glad you posted about the Leslie Sansone DVDs! I have been looking for rainy day at home workouts! I am thrilled that you can get those DVDs digitally and watch through Apple TV! Awesome! I am glad you posted those!

    Maddy @ skinnyitdown.com
    Visiting through the A-Z Challenge!

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    1. They don't require much room to do, either. That's great for my small living room! Glad you go some ideas!

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  4. I like walking and really need to get my MP3 player sorted with some music with a good beat to keep me moving at a great pace

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    1. I do that, too when I get outside to walk. On the downside, I usually have my dog with me and he has to stop way too many times and keeps messing up my pace!

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