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Cardio exercises

By: Steve Pollak on Jan. 20, 2011, 11:25 a.m.
Cardio exercises to get your heart pumping.

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Let's get moving

So, you want to get started with cardio exercises? Great, we've highlighted eight of the most popular ones for you to choose from.

There are several benefits to cardio exercises, including:

  • Making the heart pump blood more effectively
  • Boosting metabolism
  • Maintaining mental well-being
  • Increasing lung capacity
  • Eliminating toxins from the body
The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association recommend that individuals under 65 perform moderate-intensity cardio exercise for 30 minutes a day, five times a week.

If you are embarking on a cardio exercise routine for the first time, stick to the lower end of your target heart rate and start exercising three days per week, on non-consecutive days. (Text: Judd Handler)