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.

What is the Best Exercise to Help Lose Weight?

There are many different ways to exercise. Many people sell the idea of a particular exercise program and just about every fitness enthusiast is sure that their chosen method of exercising is the best. So, how on earth do you decide what type of exercise to do? Who is telling the truth? Do you do long cardio sessions of running, swimming, cycling or rowing? Do you do interval training with alternating short sprints and slower recovery? Do you lift light weights many times or heavy weights few times? Whichever method you chose someone will tell you it is the best. Well, they are all wrong, because ….

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…