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Cardiovascular Exercises for Your Health

Cardiovascular is related to the circulatory system wherein it contains the heart and blood vessels. It is where the oxygen is being transmitted to the body tissues and then takes away the carbon dioxide and other wastes.

There are lots of exercises that you can choose from. But before you engage in any one of these exercises, you must first consult your doctor to find out if you’re allowed to perform such exercise. You may have some restrictions that might cause harm to your body if you do it without your doctor’s prescription. So, it is better to be safe than sorry. But if you already have your doctor’s approval, you may now choose from the wide variety of exercises your body can benefit from. You can do cardio at the gym, your house, or even outside. Doing cardio exercises in the gym is very good because they have all the equipment needed to boost your cardiovascular system, and a machine that will tone down your muscles. You can also do it at home; you just have to purchase some of the light equipment like a stability ball, dumbbells, etc. Even though your concentration can be divided here, at least you can exercise in your own way. Here is Cardiovascular Exercises for You.

Uppercut

Stand in a split stance with right foot one step ahead of left foot and hips squared (facing forward). With right hand, punch up and to the left with a scooping motion. Quickly repeat on the other side. Continue to alternate as quickly as possible while maintaining loose knees and a tight core. Halfway through, switch stance to the other side.

Mountain Climber Twist

From a high plank position with core tight, run left knee in toward right elbow, then right knee in toward left elbow. Continue to alternate as quickly as possible without hiking hips.Make it easier: Run knees straight in toward chest rather than twisting.

High Knees

Stand with your feet hip width and run in place by pulling right knee up toward chest, then left knee up toward chest. Continue to alternate as quickly as possible.Make it easier: If running isn’t part of your game plan, perform this move as a march, using your core to pull your knee toward your chest.

Inchworm

Stand with feet hip width and core tight. Bend from the waist, place hands on the ground, and walk hands forward, keeping legs straight. When you arrive in a high plank, quickly walk hands back toward feet and stand.Make it harder: Add a push-up when you are in the high plank position.

Power Skip

Stand with feet hip width and core tight. Raise right knee up as you bring left arm forward and hop off left foot. Land on the ball of your left foot then immediately bring right foot down and repeat on the other side. Focus on height not speed.

Punch

Start in the same split stance that you used for uppercuts, with right foot one step ahead of left foot. Raise both fists up, keeping elbows pulled in to rib cage. Punch forward with left hand, slightly rotating torso as you do. Punch as quickly as possible for half of your time, then switch your stance and punch on the other side.

Plank Jacks

From a high plank position, with core tight, jump feet apart then jump them back together. Repeat as quickly as possible while trying to maintain level hips.

Butt Kick

Run in place kicking heels toward glutes. Swing arms at side or allow them to rest against butt so that heels kick palms. Make sure the movement is being driven from your hamstrings (not your feet kicking up dust).

Fast Feet Shuffle

With feet wider than hip width, bend knees slightly, sending hips back and keeping core tight. Shuffle feet to the right for 4 paces (or for as much space as you have), then shuffle back the other way. Stay low and make your feet move as quickly as possible to get the most out of this exercise.

Plank-to-Knee Tap

This classic cardio move is a great way to warm up or do active rest between more difficult moves. Start with feet together, hands at sides, core engaged. Now jump legs apart and bring arms overhead, clapping at the top. Keep knees bent as you jump feet back together and bring arms down. Repeat as quickly as possible.

Vertical Jump

The goal here is simple: Try to jump as high as possible. Stand with a slight bend in the knees and feet hip width. Swing both arms back as you bend a little deeper. Then, as you swing arms forward, jump up, extending arms overhead. Land lightly and repeat.