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|Can Cardio Be your Magic Bullet for Health?|
|Written by Lynn Glenn|
30 minutes a day of cardio may the magic bullet you've been looking for according to new research.
With its health benefits ranging from disease prevention to stress reduction, cardio/aerobic exercise is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. Cardio/aerobic exercise can help you live longer and healthier and can help you prevent and manage chronic health conditions.
Definition of Cardiovascular Exercise
Cardiovascular exercise, also called cardio or aerobic exercise , is any physical activity which raises the heart rate to around 60 to 85 percent of the heart's maximum heart rate for an extended period of time, usually twenty minutes or longer.
Types of Cardio/Aerobic Exercises
Examples include: walking, running, jogging, rowing, hiking, basketball, tennis, kick boxing, boxing, swimming and aerobic/cardio classes; just to name a few.
Health Benefits of Cardio
Aerobic/cardio exercise can reduce the risks of many diseases and conditions, including:
Aerobic/cardio exercise can also help manage chronic disease and conditions in the following ways:
Other Health Benefits of Cardio:
Bottom Line on Cardio/Aerobic Exercise Improving Overall Health
You can significantly improve your overall health, well-being and quality of life by introducing a moderate amount of aerobic exercise into your daily life. You will not only live longer and healthier lives by exercising regularly, but also live more years independently.
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About the Author Lynn Glenn
Lynn Glenn is a popular health, and fitness, author regularly writing for several top health and fitness websites. Lynn's expertise includes writing about the latest health, fitness, disease prevention, diet, nutrition, natural healing, and anti aging issues being discussed today. Lynn is also a senior writer and editor at including but not limited to www.MuscleMagFitness.com, www.MyBesthealthPortal.com , and www.MyBesthealthPortal.net.
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