7 Reasons To Add Cardio To Your Workout Regimen


Cardio is an affordable way to maintain good health without purchasing a gym membership. It isn’t designed to gain muscle mass, but it facilitates the pathway to excellent health.

1. Improved Blood Pressure

Cardio gets the blood circulation pumping more liberally throughout the body. The increase in heart rate helps the body stabilize blood sugar levels. The sweat being released from your pores is ridding the body of toxins. The endorphins being released provide a spark of rejuvenation and energy that you wouldn’t experience from resistance training.

2. Cut Off Pounds And Get Shredded

A strict cardio regimen will facilitate weight loss. This is the quickest method to burn calories, see results, and reap the benefits of a more appealing physique. Aerobic exercises keep the heart rate at a steady pace. This form of consistency aids the body in burning calories, which helps you reach a deficit when combined with a diet high in protein and fiber, but low in good fats, sugar and complex carbohydrates.

3. Enhanced Memory And Smoother Thoughts

The neurological pathways connect much better after participating in a cardio session. The hippocampus expands, which is the section of the brain related to learning and memory. The cortex processes thoughts in a quicker manner and forms a placid elasticity. Memory is easier to grasp from the oxygen entering your brain. The blood is pumping more efficiently throughout your circulatory system, which helps the blood cells reproduce at a prolific rate; if you want to have a memory like a hawk, than cardio is designed for you.

4. Cardio Caters To All Fitness Levels

There are three different types of cardio: low intensity, endurance, and high intensity interval training (also known as HIIT cardio). Low intensity could range from walking on a flat surface to waking on an incline. Anybody can start off by implementing cardio into their lives by waking for a scheduled time every day. Jogging, bicycling, cross country skiing, and jumping rope are some examples of endurance training. These forms of cardio really build a good foundation for your cardiovascular health, and shouldn’t be neglected. They are controlled movements that help burn a set number of calories over a long period of time. HIIT cardio is focused on short bursts of intense cardio for a short period of time, and followed by a cool down stage, which could either be low intensity of endurance orientated. Some good examples of HIIT cardio are: sprinting, swimming, boxing, and plyometric jumps and bounding. These exercises are the optimal way to burn fat and gain muscle mass. The fast-twitch muscle fibres are being activated, which help foster growth by tearing apart the largest muscle groups on your body.

5. Increased Energy Levels

Apart from a well-balanced diet, the best way to decimate fatigue is by doing cardiovascular exercises. The constant push on increasing the heart rate helps your body feel replenished and rejuvenated. Movement is medicine for the body, and in order to keep the body from malfunctioning, you must always move forward. Fatigue won’t set in as easily if you’re following a consistent cardio regimen. The building block of positive energy derives from the repetition of structured movements. Resistance training plays a positive role, but cardio propels you one step further into feeling lighter on your feet.

6. Better Sleep Habits

Sleeping disorders are common amongst a vast amount of individuals.

Sleep medications are often prescribed by physicians to combat insomnia. Melatonin is a common product people purchase to get to sleep easier.

The National Sleep Foundation reviewed thirty-eight different studies, regarding the relationship between exercise and sleep. They found out that total sleep time and slow wave sleep time increased. And that REM (rapid eye-movement) sleep time and prolonged latency to REM sleep time decreased.

7. Build Stronger Bones

Cardiovascular exercises can vary between high and low-impact exercise, which means they put your bones under constant tension. This process helps endure more stress applied to the affected muscle groups.

Building stronger muscles increases bone density and prevents the likelihood of injury.

The National Osteoporosis Foundation explains that high-impact weight-bearing exercises are exercises such as: dancing, running/jogging, tennis, stair climbing, hiking, and jumping rope. There are also light-impact weight-bearing exercises such as: walking briskly on a treadmill or outdoors, using a stair master or elliptical machine, and doing low-impact aerobics.

Cardiovascular exercises can be performed every day if they’re balanced between high and low-impact splits.

Three to four days each week, at thirty to forty-five minute intervals, will be adequate to see nice results. These exercises must be balanced with a proper diet; this is the only way to guarantee visible progress.

Links: http://nof.org/exercise


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Kyle Bell
Kyle Bell

Kyle Bell is an author, poet, and entrepreneur. Scotian Breeze is the movement. Treasure Words, Collect Figures is the publishing company. His poetic flair is an unstinting microcosm of well-crafted words. He focuses on writing numerous novels, in various genres, and produces and imprint to the world that's unforgettable and beloved.

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