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8 Calorie-Burning Workouts to Look and Feel Your Best

Posted By The FIRM Master Instructor Team On May 10, 2010 @ 5:38 pm In Fitness | No Comments

Cardio is an all-around health booster. It burns calories, lowers body fat, strengthens your heart and lungs, and increases bone mass and muscle tone.

Cardio also releases mood-enhancing endorphins and hormones! I am oh-so-happy when I get my cardio [1] in for the day — and so is the rest of my family!

For an exercise to be considered “aerobic” or “cardiovascular” it needs to elevate your heart rate [2] to 60-85 percent of its maximum. When you are in “the zone [3]” you should be able to talk in short phrases, but not carry on a conversation.

This challenge includes eight cardio drills [4] that you can do at home in about 25 minutes. Do each exercise [5] for about 30 seconds and then rest 30-60 seconds before you proceed to the next exercise. You can do this by itself or in addition to your regular workout.

Begin with some warm-up movement for a couple of minutes: marching, squats, big arm motions and deep breaths. This gets the blood flowing to all your extremities and warms your muscles. Then follow the moves illustrated in the video.

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URLs in this post:

[1] cardio: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/5-Workout-Techniques-to-Burn-Major-Calories-in-Less-Time.html

[2] elevate your heart rate: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Workout-Rut-Variety-Boosts-Results.html

[3] the zone: http://www.gaiam.com/product/the+firm--174-+cardio+overdrive.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS

[4] cardio drills: http://www.gaiam.com/product/the+firm+cardio+dance+express+dvd.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS

[5] exercise: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/7-Strategies-to-Make-Your-Workout-Really-Work.html

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