Our cardio section covers information and advice on cardiovascular exercise. Cardiovascular exercise improves the health and function of the heart (cardio) and the blood vessels (vascular). This leads to improved fitness and reduce risk of heart disease, stroke and hypertension. Here we look at some different ways to do cardio and provide some research and information on the principals and benefits of staying fit and maintaining a healthy weight.

Cycling For Fitness and Weight Loss

Cycling around town in Oxford

As far as healthy outdoor pursuits go, cycling is one of the healthiest and most social pastimes that you can enjoy. Cycling has many benefits over other forms of exercise, for example, once you have purchased your bike there are…

Rowing Workouts

woman on a rowing machine

If you want to get really fit using a rowing machine it is a good idea to follow some sort of structured training. Best results come from following an interval training program with complimentary weight training.

Fitness Tests – Bleep, Harvard and Step

a silver stop watch

Whether you are looking to improve your athletic performance or more effectively manage your weight, getting fitter is vital to your success. Here we provide a few popular ways to test your fitness levels. Some of these tests require some…

Cross Training / Elliptical Workouts

Cross trainers (aka elliptical trainers) have become one of the most popular cardio machines. They provide a low impact but intensive workout that exercises the whole body. Unlike treadmills and running machines, cross trainers work the upper body too, and unlike rowing machines, they work the pushing and pulling muscles of the arms, shoulders and back.

Denise Austin’s Fitness Workouts

Denise Austin: Quick Burn Cardio

Denise Austin has a growing selection of fitness DVD’s on the market. She is an American fitness instructor, writes for mainstream media and is a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She started her career in…

Fat Burning or Time Wasting Zone?

fat burning zone

Many heart rate monitors, especially those incorporated into fitness equipment such as treadmills, cross trainers and bicycles, have a fat burning zone. The idea is that if you workout in your ‘fat burning zone’ you will burn more fat than…