Cardiovascular Fitness and Weight Loss

By Patricia Zelm Emmart CHHC, AADP

The cardiovascular system consists of the heart, blood vessels, including veins, arteries and capillaries. During exercise this system delivers oxygen to the muscles, along with nutrients to the body’s tissues.

If weight loss is your goal, increasing your metabolism is going to be necessary. This will take a combination of cardiovascular exercise and paying close attention to what you are eating.

It is important to keep your target heart rate in mind during your exercise routine. To calculate your maximum heart rate, take 220 and subtract your age. This will give the number needed. Example, if you are 35 years old, your max heart rate is 185 (220-35).

Here’s a list of a few cardio exercises to choose from and try:

Eating a well balanced diet of whole foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean protein will help your body have energy to workout.

Here are a few ways to rev up your weight loss:

Remember, there is no magical way to rev up your metabolism and for you to lose weight. It’s simply through exercise and watching what you eat.

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