Cardiovascular (cardio) exercise training is one of the most effective methods for increasing your daily calorie expenditure, which is an integral component of weight management. When coupled with resistance training, cardio exercise can also improve your body composition by reducing your body fat percentage (click here for more information on body composition and body fat percentage guidelines).
The goals of my cardio exercise training program are centered on maintaining three things: 1) my current level of physical fitness, 2) my body weight, and 3) my body fat percentage. Since I’ve trained pretty hard for the last 15 years, I typically have to work out at a high intensity in order to maintain the amount of fitness that I so wish to maintain. I also alter my weight training exercise program in quarterly cycles.
Below is a sample of my cardio exercise routine which is the first crucial component of my awesome weekly workout plan. This program is primarily geared towards optimizing my extremely pear-shaped figure. In general, high- to moderately-high-intensity cardio activity is critical for pear-shaped women as the lower body houses very large muscle groups that must be taxed accordingly for significant results.
I wake up every morning with my cardio exercise training plan in mind; however, at least once or twice a month (or more), things just don’t go as planned. In such cases I simply adjust. For example, during travel, I may have to choose another form of cardio if my hotel doesn’t have any equipment available (outdoor running if a stair climber isn’t available on my stair climbing day).
Moreover, if I have an emergency or some type of stressful situation, an hour of meditation may have to replace my cardio session altogether (it happens). In the event that I totally miss a workout, I make a conscious effort to ensure that my calorie consumption is completely intact. I also avoid the urge to go overboard with the next workout in an effort to stay on schedule.
Successfully maintaining any exercise training plan requires regularity but also a little flexibility for sanity’s sake.
So there you have it. A sample of my cardio exercise training program in its entirety. Again, my program is pretty intense but hopefully I’ve provided you with some good information and valuable strategies for developing, or enhancing, your own exercise training program.
Remember, performing regular exercise training in the forms of cardio exercise AND resistance training is an absolute must for weight management and, moreover, for improving your overall health and physical fitness (click here to check out my resistance training program).
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Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a physician for advice.
Before starting an exercise training program you should first make sure that exercise is safe for you. If you are under the age of 55 years and generally in good health, it is probably safe for you to exercise. However, if you are over 55 years of age and/or have any health problems, be sure to consult with your physician before starting an exercise training program.