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Fitness tips from Zen Fitness & Leisure at the Athlone Springs

What is cardio?

Exercise that develops your heart and lungs is called cardiovascular or aerobic fitness. Indeed, many people consider cardiovascular fitness to be the most important component of a workout programme.

Protecting your heart and lungs is crucial, with cardiovascular illnesses the number one killer in modern society.

The range of exercises is vast – everything from running to rowing or skipping, to swimming.

The great thing about cardio exercise is you can generally perform it every day - unlike weight training for your muscles, which will need rest to recover and rebuild stronger.

With cardio work, if you train smartly then you can train your body to work different muscle groups whilst always working that most important muscle in your body - your heart. Tri-athletes do this well; they will often train on the bike one day, then run the next, with some swimming maybe in between.

Aim to vary your cardio in order to improve your all-round aerobic ability, remembering to always listen to your body. So if you feel tired, maybe take a rest day, or look at what you had to eat the day before.

If you make your cardio fun and try and train with a partner, then chances are you will get far more out of it.

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Spread the cost of a 12-month annual membership over the first three months of the membership. Contact Zen Fitness for more details.

Contact Zen Fitness and Leisure at the Athlone Springs Hotel on (090 ) 6445850 or email [email protected].

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