Cardio is short for "cardiovascular" and describes exercise that raises your heart rate to the point where you are working hard but still able to talk. Incorporating cardio into your exercise regimen is critical and will increase your lung capacity, promote heart health and help you burn calories.
Luckily, you don’t need an expensive gym membership to get started because there are hundreds of home workouts available on DVD that emphasize cardiovascular exercises. Here are 10 excellent workout DVDs. The list is not ranked, and you should consider which is most appealing and appropriate for you.
Bell Express 15 Cardio Fitness Kit
The Bell Express 15 takes you through a 24-minute workout with Gabby Reese. The Bell Express incorporates a jump rope and fitness ball into the workout.
Tae Bo Flex
Tae Bo Flex from Billy Blank’s Tae Bo series is the best for cardio. At 45 minutes, this is shorter than most of Blank’s workouts.
Crunch Cardio Salsa with Giselle Roque de Escobar
In this spicy 40-minute workout, Giselle uses Latin beats and traditional dance moves to raise your heart rate and give you a solid cardio workout.
Cathe Friedrich’s Imax 2
Cathe Friedrich’s Imax 2 intense workout features step aerobics with integrated weights. The variety of the mixes available on the DVD is a strong selling point.
Ultimate Body: Workouts for Weight Loss
The Ultimate Body series by Meghan White was chosen by "Redbook" for the relatively short (20 minutes) workouts. Available in either Beginner or Challenging versions, these DVDs contain more than one style of cardio workout.
Trainer’s Edge Cardio Interval Training
Petra Kolber is a Reebok University Master Trainer, who within 40 minutes uses a balanced combination of strength training and cardio to help tone your body.
Dancing With the Stars Cardio Dance
The National Education Association reviewed workout DVDs and selected this spin-off of the popular ABC television series for its fun, feisty approach to cardio. Like Crunch CardioSalsa, this DVD uses dance to raise your heart rate and deliver a thorough cardio experience.
Total Body Cardio
This is a low impact dance-based cardio workout designed specifically for beginners. This fitness DVD is produced by the studio DanceX and features Kenn Kihiu.
Walk Away the Pounds Express
Another great video for beginners, Leslie Sansone’s Walk Away the Pounds Express uses a series of walks to provide a low impact cardio workout.
Amy Bento's Advanced Step Challenge 2
This 60-minute DVD provides a thorough cardio workout. The choreography is challenging, but host Amy Bento’s upbeat, encouraging attitude makes it fun.