Planning to make a change in your life and start getting more fit and healthy. Remember to start slow. Cardio is a great start so you can get your heart rate reved up and get in better shape to start pushing your body harder as days to come.

Here are 5 effective cardio tips to get you started.

1. It’s best that you start small and eventually increase in a gradual manner. It takes time to get in shape. You don’t have to kill yourself to get amazing results. Starting off slow and easy will make it so you stick to it long term.

2. Cardio is great though doing the same level, same type of cardio, and, same program can get boring and your body can adapt which will slow the results to a halt. Change the type of cardio you do every 4 weeks. So if you run on the treadmill after 4 weeks do the stair stepper. Then in another 4 weeks do the rowing machine. Once you have changed the mode step up the intensity increase the level your doing. If you run at 4mph start running at 4.5mph or if you do level 5 on the stair master after 1 or 2 weeks go for level 6,7,8 and so on so you keep progressing.

3. Massive Fat Loss: Do interval Training 1 min high intensity followed by 1 min low intensity. Use a heart rate monitor so you can track High intensity 75-100% of your max heart rate followed by 35% or lower Max heart rate for low intensity.  Don’t do more then 1 min of High intensity otherwise you can sacrifice muscle tissue and increase cortisol levels. The higher Intensity for shorter periods of time like 10 seconds followed by 30 seconds of low intensity is even more effective. Beginners can even do this by walking fast for 3.5-4.5 mph then slow for a min at 2.0mph. Anyone can start doing interval training. It doesn’t matter what shape your in.

4. Do Cardio find ways to be more active then just hitting the gym. Ride your bike with your family do walks find ways to get in extra activity which is good for you and your family. Cardio is great you need to stick to what’s best for your goals. If you want to shed fat fast then do interval training. If you want to lose fat though not risk the chance of sacrificing any muscle tissue then walk slow at an incline so you are just burning fat for your fule source. Remember the Fat burning Zone is total bogus it’s not as effective for total fat loss.

5. Cardio is great to do anytime. We would suggest always after your workout as opposed to before your workout. Weight Training is still the most effective method to lose fat. If you do cardio 1st you fatigue your muscles and you have a higher risk of being injured with weight training and your workout will be less effective because your more fatigued.

Take advantage of cardio and enjoy it. With a lot of options for cardio, you can always find a form of cardio you enjoy and get you the results you want. It’s also important to consider that cardio is just part of an equation to stay fit, build muscles and lose fat. Cardio is indeed a very effective tool but without proper training, working out and eating correctly, it won’t be as effective as doing all of them.

It’s never too late to get fit and healthy, start right now and learn from the Fitness experts!