The question comes up a lot around New Years: Which type of cardiovascular exercise is best? Walking?
First of all, it is important to understand that the cardiovascular benefits depend upon your exercise intensity and your exercise frequency and duration, not the type of cardiovascular exercise that you select. So, whether you're jogging, swimming, using the elliptical machine, or performing any other true cardiovascular exercise, what matters is your level of work, how much time you spend on it, and how often you're doing it. This is the case for all cardiovascular benefits such as improved heart health, reduced LDL cholesterol, normalized blood pressure, etc, etc.
In terms of joint health, however, some forms of cardiovascular exercise are much safer than others. Swimming, rowing, and elliptical use, for example, are generally the safest as long as the motion is smooth and rhythmic, as opposed to fast and explosive. The stair-climber and bike riding are also quite safe, as long as the user's form is proper. Running and jogging aren't recommended because they are often associated with lower-extremity trauma, especially for those that are overweight or for those involved in these activities for more than fifteen minutes at a time.
Regardless of your selection, be sure to spend some time stretching your muscles afterward, for at least twenty seconds each. This will not only help to minimize soreness, but it will help to keep your muscles from cramping.
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