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Cardio Exercises for a Healthy Heart

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Endurance and Cardio Exercise: Before You Start
Cardio exercises are activities--like walking, jogging, swimming, and raking the yard--that increase your heart rate and breathing for an extended period of time.

Cardio exercises are very good for improving heart health and they also contribute to weight loss by increasing your metabolism.

  • If you're just starting a cardio exercise program or you have been inactive for a long time, start your cardio exercise program slowly and build your endurance gradually. It may take months to go from a very long-standing sedentary lifestyle to doing some of the activities suggested here.
  • You can start with as little as 5 minutes of cardio activities at a time. As your endurance improves, add more time.

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