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What is the recovery zone in cardiovascular training?

The recovery zone in cardiovascular training uses a relatively low heart rate (about sixty percent of heart rate maximum) and is great for recovery from a hard workout or just a way to meet general fitness guidelines. This zone requires you to work aerobically (remember, that's training that allows you to breathe in more oxygen) and utilizes a higher percentage of fat for fuel. Although this zone can be construed to be strictly for fat burning, fat loss comes from the total number of calories burned. While you use a higher percentage of fat for fuel, you burn a lower total number of calories.

This zone is important for beginners because it allows you to create a solid aerobic base, building a good cardiovascular foundation. Although you can't stay in this zone every day and expect to lose weight, you should perform in this zone one to two times a week.

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