Best Cardio Workouts For Different Stages Of Life

Denise Austin by Denise Austin | February 22, 2018 | Workouts

Hi Everyone! Let’s talk cardio! Something I get asked frequently is what type of exercises we should be doing at various stages of life – especially the best cardio workouts for different age groups. While I always suggest that people get a good balance of cardiovascular exercise, strength training, flexibility work and balancing exercises, cardio workouts are maybe the most important.

Cardiovascular workouts – also called aerobic workouts – are exercises that get your heart pumping, helping to move blood through your body to carry oxygen to your cells. It’s important to have consistent cardio workouts in your overall fitness routine, as heart disease is the number cause of death for women and men – and cardio exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease by more than 40%!

Here are six reasons you should do cardio exercise – it:

  1. Strengthens the heart muscle
  2. Helps to lower blood pressure and unhealthy cholesterol levels
  3. Promotes weight loss
  4. Regulates blood sugar levels
  5. Improves circulation and promotes waste elimination
  6. Can help to fight the aging process!

Plus, if you are nearing or in menopause, it can help to alleviate symptoms like hot flashes and bone loss.

By now, can you tell I am a BIG proponent of the best cardio workouts? I suggest most people aim for 30 minutes three to four times per week. If you can only fit in 10 minutes at a time, do it! But aim for 30 minutes to get the most benefit and help keep you body healthy and fit. If you need help, start your 7-day free trial of my Whole Body Plan. I have so many fun, engaging cardio workouts to try – a great way to keep your heart healthy and your mind and body engaged!

Here are my favorites when it comes to the best cardio workouts for different age groups. I did not include the 30s, because at that age you can do most all types of cardio.

Best Cardio Workouts For Different Stages Of Life

In your 40s:

  • Jogging and running
  • Race walking or Power walking
  • Kickboxing
  • Aerobic dance
  • Jumping rope
  • Stair climbing
  • Cycling
  • Rowing
  • Hiking
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Power yoga
  • Elliptical machine
  • Cross-country skiing

In your 50s:

  • Jogging
  • Power walking
  • Cycling
  • Stair climbing
  • Rowing machine
  • Elliptical machine
  • Low-impact aerobics
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Power yoga

In your 60s:

Of course, don’t limit yourself if you want to try something that isn’t in your age group above – these are suggestions based on my experience with people (and myself!) at various stages of life. Use this as a guide to help you stay active as you age, with activities that you can safely pursue with optimal results. Remember: a little bit of cardio can take your health far, so start today by getting at least 10 minutes of cardio – and aim for 30 minutes! And don’t forget – if you need some guidance, start your free trial of my Whole Body Plan. I have various Challenges designed to get my recommended three to four days of cardio per week, including dance, walking, kickboxing and more! Join me today!

Let’s get fitter, together – inside and out!
Denise

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