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Cardio Exercises at Home: Benefits, Equipment, and Tips

Many health experts recommend physical exercise to help prevent health problems and stay fit. If you exercise regularly, you can reduce your risk of developing diseases like cardiovascular disease, stroke, and type-2 diabetes.

A woman doing cardio exercises at home

Cardio workouts mainly help reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Numerous scientific studies show that physical inactivity can cause ischemic heart disease, which is more commonly known as coronary heart disease. 

Coronary heart disease is a leading cause of heart attack. This is why health experts recommend regular cardio exercise, especially for people over 30. 

Studies show that cardio exercise can help promote cardiovascular health, reducing your risk of developing heart-related diseases, which are more common in older adults. 

You don’t have to hit the gym to do a cardio workout. You can do it at home with or without cardio equipment. 

But what exactly are cardio workouts? 

Cardio workouts are exercises that increase your heart rate. These exercises mainly involve aerobic exercises like running, walking, cycling, swimming, and hiking. The terms “aerobic exercise” and “cardio” are often used interchangeably. 

You don’t need to have a gym at home to buy a cardio machine. If you have some extra space where you can place a cardio machine, that’s all you need. 

Before you go out shopping for a cardio machine, consider these factors:

  • where you will place the cardio machine in your home
  • size of the cardio machine
  • type of cardio machine

These three factors can help you decide whether or not to buy a cardio machine. Even if the initial purchase is expensive, a gym membership may be considerably more expensive in the long run.

If you’re looking to buy equipment for your cardio workouts, here are some cardio machines you can buy and use at home. 

Before you buy cardio equipment, consider the type of cardio exercises you like to do. If you like jogging or running, a treadmill might be the way to go. If you miss the crew team, maybe a rowing machine is for you. 

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There are lots of easy cardio workouts you can do in the comfort of your own home.

A cardio workout at home

You don’t need to buy cardio equipment to do cardio exercises. Some cardio machines are expensive, and even if you can afford one, you need enough space to store and use it. 

If buying a cardio machine is out of the question and you don’t have the time to hit the gym, here are some home cardio workouts you can try out. 

  • Put on your favorite music and show off your moves. Dancing is one of the easiest ways to stay fit. 
  • Buy a jump rope and skip for a couple of minutes every day. 
  • Run up and down the stairs repeatedly. 
  • Do squat jumps or squat kicks.
  • Jog around the house.
  • Do some jumping jacks.

Losing weight can be daunting, especially after childbirth. But if you want to lose weight, exercising regularly might be the way to go. If you’re breastfeeding, steer clear of weight-loss diet plans and pills. 

Despite the plethora of weight-loss diet plans on the market, few of them actually work. The same goes for weight-loss pills. 

If you want to lose weight the healthy way, scientific studies report that you can achieve this by eating a healthy balanced diet and exercising regularly. Also, you don’t have to worry about the side effects or health complications that come with some weight-loss pills and diet plans. 

You don’t have to do strenuous exercises to lose weight. Simple cardio exercises can help you lose weight. And with cardio workouts, you don’t need to strain yourself or even work out for hours a day.

Here are some home cardio tips and tricks you might find helpful. 

  • Your cardio sessions don’t have to be boring. Play your favorite tunes while exercising to improve your workouts and relieve boredom.  
  • Exercising on your period can help relieve symptoms such as abdominal cramps. You might want to try low-intensity cardio exercises such as walking, jogging, or running to help relieve period pain and cramping. Remember to listen to your body and do it if you only feel up for it.
  • Variety is the spice of life. Try out different types of cardio exercises to keep your exercise regimen fun and stay motivated. 

Lastly, working out can use up a lot of your energy, so it’s important to take breaks between workouts. After working out, make sure to hydrate by drinking plenty of water and eat protein-rich foods to fuel up.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5329739/

https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/01.CIR.0000048890.59383.8D

https://housemethod.com/home-gym/cardio-machines/

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