Cardio exercise is any exercise that raises your heart rate. Face it our bodies were made to move. And we all know that to keep our muscles in shape we need move them. This movement makes them stronger and stronger muscles make for a more efficient and healthy body. Your heart is a muscle. Therefore working it makes it stronger. A stronger cardio-vascular system means more capillaries delivering more oxygen to cells in your muscles. This enables your cells to burn more fat during both exercise and inactivity.
Cardio exercise uses large muscle movement over a sustained period of time keeping your heart rate to at least 50% of its maximum level.
Benefits of Cardio Exercise:
Weight Loss – All exercise burns calories. A deficit caloric intake and your body will burn fat and you will lose weight.
Stronger Heart – Teaches the heart to work more efficiently.
Lowers Blood Pressure and Cholesterol – As your heart beats faster it increases blood flow. Blood vessels become more elastic when they are worked and small blood vessels widen to deliver more oxygen to your muscles.
Increased Bone Density – Weight bearing aerobic exercise like walking helps to decrease the risk of osteoporosis.
Reduces Stress & Depression – When you exercise your body releases endorphins which are natural pain killers.
Better Sleep – Let’s face we sleep better when our body is tired.
Maintain muscle strength into old age. – Strong muscles as we age will keep us independent longer.
More Energy – You will increase your stamina and reduce your fatigue. OK, you may fell more exhausted when you first start an exercise program, but stick with it and your energy levels will increase. You will be on your way to a more active lifestyle.
Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease – Being physically active is important in preventing Heart Disease (#1 Killer) and Stroke (#5 Killer).
Strengthens Lungs – When we move our large muscles we breathe faster and more deeply this improves lung function.
Live Longer – Studies show that those who regularly exercise live longer than those who don’t.
Less Likely to Get Sick – Exercise activates your immune system. Want to avoid a cold? Don’t pass up on your exercise.