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Cardio Basics and Workouts

These sample cardio workouts offer a variety of ways to get your cardio in, from gym machines to outdoor workouts. Routines target endurance, calorie-burning and more for all fitness levels.
  1. Cardio Machine Workouts (19)
  2. Home Cardio Workouts (12)
  3. Interval Training Workouts (19)

Target Heart Rate Zones
If you really want to burn calories and lose weight, you need to work in your target heart rate zone. Learn what those zones are and how to work them into your workouts.

Use a Rowing Machine
A rowing machine can offer a great, full-body cardio workout. Learn proper form and technique for how to use a rowing machine

Is my target heart rate calculation accurate?
If you're using a target heart rate calculator to determine your heart rate training zone, you may have noticed the numbers are a little off. Learn why these formulas aren't always accurate and how you can use your target heart rate calculations to come up with the perfect training zone for you.

Cardio 101
Cardio exercise is crucial if you're trying to lose weight, get fit or get healthy. Find out everything you need to know about cardio: How to set up your workouts, choose activities, monitor intensity and more.

Cardio Guidelines
Want to know how much cardio you need for health and weight loss? These guidelines give you a general idea of how to incorporate cardio into your life.

Why You Need Cardio Exercise
Learn about cardio exercise and the benefits of cardio exercise from your About Exercise Guide

Cardio for Beginners
Get the basics for how to set up a cardio program for beginning exercisers.

Top 10 Cardio Exercises
You already know that one of the most important things you can do for your weight loss goals is regular cardio exercise. These are the best activities for blasting calories and getting in great shape.

How to Monitor Your Exercise Intensity
Using your target heart rate zone to burn calories during cardio is just one way to monitor your intensity. Learn about other ways to make sure you're cardio workouts are effective and efficient.

Find Your Target Heart Rate
Find Your Target Heart Rate

Getting a Good Workout with Low Impact Exercise
Can you burn calories and get a high intensity workout with low impact exercise? My article takes you through a variety of ideas for making the most out of your low impact workouts.

What is Vigorous Exercise?
Experts recommend vigorous exercise a few times a week to burn calories, lose weight and improve your health. Find out the basics of what vigorous exercise is, how to monitor your intensity, and examples of vigorous exercise.

Cardio for Weight Loss
Cardio exercise is a must if your goal is weight loss. Learn how cardio helps you lose weight and get the basics for how to set up your own cardio routine for weight loss.

Cardio Workout Program for Weight Loss
Setting up a weekly cardio program can be confusing. Use these tips and sample cardio routines to build a well-rounded cardio program for weight loss.

Plyometric Exercises
Plyometric exercises are a great way to add intensity, burn more calories and build more power. Get pictures and detailed instructions for a variety of plyo-based exercises.

Plyometric exercises like jumping, bounding and hopping not only scorch extra calories, they also enhance power, strength and endurance. Get the facts about plyometrics and how to safely and effectively add it to your workouts.

Beginner Cardio 22 Minute Moderate Workout
This 22-Minute Basic Cardio Workout helps you gradually build endurance with a moderate workout

How to Set Up a Cardio Program
If you're just starting out with exercise, you'll need some cardio. Get step by step instructions for how to set up a cardio workout program.

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