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Free Cardio Workout Plans

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author image Lora Mays
Lora Mays is a RRCA-certified running coach. She has been running for more than 15 years and coaching since 2010. She has published articles on Plum Deluxe and in "Variance Magazine," among other publications. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts in professional strategic communications from the University of Minnesota.
Free Cardio Workout Plans
The American Heart Association recommends that all adults participate in cardio exercise for 30 minutes a day, five days per week. Photo Credit Janie Airey/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Aerobic exercise, which is more commonly known as cardio, helps burn calories and build muscle. This type of exercise increases oxygen within the body, causing an increased heart rate and augmenting weight loss. Free cardio workout plans can help you determine how to integrate this type of exercise into your daily life.

Types of Cardio Exercises

Free Cardio Workout Plans
Cardio exercises like walking help to burn fat and turn it into muscle. Photo Credit Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, walking is the most popular type of cardio activity that Americans engage in. Other popular types of free cardio workouts include running, cycling, swimming and rollerblading. Cardio workout plans may include one or more of these exercises with varying intensities.

Resources for Workout Plans

Free Cardio Workout Plans
Cardio workout plans can be adapted for your fitness level. Photo Credit Comstock Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Finding free cardio workout plans can be easy, especially with the Internet. Conducting a search will provide links to various websites and blogs that offer different types of cardio workout plans. The American College of Sports Medicine notes that in certain cases, such as if you have heart disease, arthritis or diabetes, you may need to consult your doctor before starting an exercise program.

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