Proper Weight Training can make you strong. But if you want to be truly fit, add Cardiovascular or Aerobic Exercises to your program. Cardiovascular Exercise is any activity that elevates your heart rate over a sustained period of time.
While it may seem odd, aerobic exercise “is” a basic complement to Weight Training. Aerobic Exercise helps you decrease your level of body fat, but weight training is what tones and firms your muscles. It is important to include both aerobics and weight training in your routine – it’s a package deal for you to achieve a balanced body.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that aerobic exercise should be performed for a minimum of 20 minutes. The exercise should be done at least 3 times a week at 60% of your Maximum Heart Rate (see Heart Rate to know your Maximum Heart Rate or go to Fitness Calculators). If you exercise less than the recommended duration, your health benefits will be minimized. Still, exercising 4 or more times a week will increase your health benefits.
There are a lot of Cardiovascular Exercises to choose from. A few of which are Swimming, In-line Skating, Hiking, Running, Cycling, and Walking. With a wide range of Aerobic Activities to choose from, you can be assured that you will find something you’ll enjoy doing. However, before plunging into any of those exercises, it is important to take note of your heart rate. Monitoring your heart rate will allow you to check your body’s response to various levels of exercises and even help you maximize the effectiveness of your workout.