A strong heart is a cornerstone of any fitness program. Aerobic workouts burn a lot of calories and fat, increase the flow of oxygen to the body’s vital organs and muscles helping you cope with daily stress. Cardiovascular fitness can be achieved through any activity that uses continuous and rhythmic movement. Walking, hiking, running, and swimming are good examples. It is important that you find activities that you enjoy doing otherwise you may not continue to do them. To maximize results, you also need to exercise hard enough, yet not too hard as your body is unable to utilize the oxygen at greater intensities. We’ll help you to understand how to use your heart rate and perceived exertion to optimize the effectiveness of your workouts. Your initial fitness level will set the pace for the intensity, duration, and frequency of your exercise.
The aerobic portion of your cardiovascular fitness workout usually follows the same basic pattern. You will begin with a warm up progressing gradually towards your target heart zone or level of perceived exertion. This will always end with a cool down of similar duration to the warm up.
To optimise cardiovascular fitness and maximise calorie burning we often progress to a form of interval training that most clients can safely participate in as each workout is tailored towards your individual fitness level. This fun form of cardio training encourages you to work a little harder than you’re used to – after you’ve acquired a base level of fitness, because it’s more interesting than just plodding along at the same old pace. Interval training is the most effective tool for developing this area.