One of the best ways to not only lose excess weight but them to maintain that level of weight loss is through doing regular cardiovascular exercises. There is really not much point in arguing with this point as it is perfectly viable, tested and proven to work time and time again. So why don’t more people do this, instead of wasting a lot of money on expensive diets that only work in the short term?

The main problem is that more and more people are looking for the easy option. They don’t want to put in any work on their own behalf, instead preferring to let an expensive diet plan do it for them. But this is a crazy mode of reasoning!

The only way to really lose weight, obtain a great looking body and maintain in the way you want it is to exercise. And the best form of exercise to achieve and keep it is to do a daily cardio workout! What most people don’t realize is that it doesn’t have to be as tough as a lot of the celebrity DVD workouts make out. It can be as easy or as hard as you want to make it.

You can get away with some pretty easy stuff if you look around at the options. We’ve already pointed out some in earlier posts. Swimming is not really thought of as a cardiovascular workout, but it certainly can be if you put some effort in there. Its all about understanding the definition of cardiovascular and then you’ll see that most forms of exercise are variations of exactly that.

Any exercise that increases your heart rate significantly as well as your breathing rate and makes you sweat more than usual is loosely termed, cardiovascular. This is simply because it makes your heart work harder! As long as your heart is working harder, the blood is being pumped around your body faster in order to supply the muscles that are doing the work with the sugars they need for fuel to burn as energy. After a time, usually around 20 minutes, the sugars in the bloodstream get depleted with sustained cardiovascular exercise and so the body is then forced to replace the sugars by taking a processing its store of body fat.

So if you want to see some fat burning happening, you need to maintain sufficient cardiovascular exercise for more than 20 minutes and then you will start to see some results in weight loss brought about by fat burning and not merely depleting the body’s water level. The back end benefits of course are that the muscles that get exercised regularly tone up your body to give you that slim, slender and fit look that is what most dieters are after in the first place!

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