Cardiovascular exercise, or aerobic exercise, is an important form of exercise because it increases cardiovascular function—making your heart beat faster, and your blood flow quicker, bringing oxygen to your organs and limbs, and of course, burning fat. These cardio exercises are proven for maximum fat-burning and heart-beating benefits. They’ll keep you active and fit, and help you reach your health goals.
The best thing about running is that you don’t need much equipment or instruction to do it. All you need is a pair of running shoes, and you’re off on your heart-pumping, calf-sculpting, and calorie-burning workout. The average person burns 100 calories per mile of running or jogging. You can run inside on a treadmill, or outdoors if you prefer scenery. If you run outdoors in a hilly location, you’ll probably work harder than if you were to run the same distance on a treadmill.
The general rule is to start your run with a few minutes of walking, and slowly build up to a run. Do the same in reverse when winding down. Running isn’t for everyone, though. People with knee or lower back pain should avoid running on asphalt, as the impact is hard on the knees and back. If you experience pain while running on the treadmill, you should either slow the pace or increase the incline to reduce the impact—or pick a different sport.