Denise Austin has sold millions of exercise videos and authored nine books on fitness over the past 25 years. Maintaining her heart health is part of her commitment to a good diet and exercise.
Here she shares eight lifting exercises to help your cardio health.
Need motivation to start lifting? Consider that a study in the journal Circulation found that doing two to three bouts of weight training a week was enough to lower blood pressure.
In addition to heart benefits, other health benefits of working out with weights include:
-- increased muscle tone
-- improved bone density
-- possible positive effects on glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity
-- more self-confidence
--a n improved sense of well-being
The Cleveland Clinic recommends that you begin an aerobic exercise program two to four weeks before adding weight training. Women may want to start with 1- or 3-pound weights. They may work up to 5- or 8-pound weights, depending on their age and strength. Men may want to get 10- or 12-pound dumbbells. They typically cost $1 a pound and can be found at most sporting goods stores.
Use these eight lifting exercises to start your own weight training routine.