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Cardiovascular exercise definition

Exercise that noticeably increases your heart rate and breathing and involves the continuous rhythmic movement of your large muscle groups. Examples include: walking, jogging, biking, and swimming.

Cardiovascular exercise challenges and strengthens your cardiovascular system.

Cardio = heart
Vascular = blood vessels

The cardiovascular system includes your heart, blood, and the blood vessels that carry blood to and from your heart.

Cardiovascular exercise is often called “cardio” for short.

Related terms: aerobic exercise, aerobic fitness

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