Cardiovascular health is important. If you are over forty it is very important. But what do you do when you’re mature and want to lose fat? What if you’re out of shape? What if you’re too heavy to do cardio? Maybe you don’t know what exercises are safe to help mature people lose fat. If you’re too heavy, walking might be difficult, not to mention running. If you have medical issues, it can be even more confusing.
If you go on a diet to lose weight you will also shed precious muscle, that will make it even harder for your body to support its weight during cardio. If you are facing these challenges or others, low or no impact cardio might be exactly what you need to get started. From there you can try walking, and from walking you can decide where you want to take your cardio routine.
Basically, cardio is raising your heart rate which makes your heart and lungs stronger. Cardio done over a period of time burns fat. No impact means your joints won’t undergo stress while doing cardio. One no impact cardio exercise that mature people can easily do is what I will call, hand jumping jacks. Start with your hands at your sides. Swing them over your head and clap them, return them to your sides. Do these as rapidly as you want for as long as you can. If you prefer, you can do these by clapping your hands in front of yourself. Take a thirty second rest and start again. Go for a workout of seven minutes to start off.
The next no impact cardio exercise is what I will call, high step marching in place. This exercise is a bit more advanced than hand jumping jacks. Simply stand in one spot, preferably on carpet or your bathroom mat and step as high as you can like you are marching with a band. Both of these no impact exercises will raise your heart rate and in turn burn fat stores. Do not expect to shed large amounts of fat by doing these. What they will do is strengthen your heart, and within a short period you should be able to walk for cardio. Losing fat and keeping it off is a lifestyle, but you can do it. Remember to consult with your doctor before starting.