Why Should You Do Cardio?

Cardiovascular exercise is one that increases the heart rate. While some people only use it for weight loss, cardiovascular exercise has other benefits as well. Read on to learn more about what this type of exercise is, the benefits it offers, and how to create a safe and effective cardiovascular routine.

What is cardio?

Cardiovascular exercise, sometimes called aerobic exercise, is any rhythmic activity that raises your heart rate to your target heart rate zone. This is the area where you burn the most fat and calories.

Some of the most common examples of cardio include walking, biking, and swimming. However, even housework like vacuuming and scrubbing can qualify as cardiovascular exercise.

Part of what distinguishes cardio from other types of exercise, such as strength training, is that it relies on the body's ability to use oxygen during the training session. A person's cardiovascular ability or capacity can vary based on several factors.

Research published by the American Heart Association reports that genetics have a 20% to 40% influence on what you can do cardiovascularly. In addition, women tend to have a cardiovascular capacity 25% lower than men and, for both sexes, this capacity tends to decrease with age.

This is not to say that your genes, gender, or age prevent you from improving your cardiovascular health. But it helps to know that there are many factors that can influence how (and how well) your body responds to cardiovascular exercise.

Cardio benefits

There are very few activities that you can do for a short period of time that have all of the physical and mental health benefits that cardiovascular exercise offers. Some of the known benefits of cardio include:

Burns fat and calories, which facilitates weight loss.

Improves the quality of sleep, especially if the exercise is of moderate to vigorous intensity

Expands lung capacity or the amount of air your lungs can hold.

It improves your sex life by increasing your body's ability to get aroused, improving your body image, and even potentially helping to treat drug-related sexual dysfunction.

Increases bone density when you do aerobic exercise with weight lifting, such as walking or climbing stairs

It reduces stress, in part by improving your ability to deal with problems in a positive way.

It promotes a sense of well-being and can even help alleviate depression5 and anxiety.

Improves confidence in how you look and feel

It reduces the risk of heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.

Set a good example for those around you, encouraging them to exercise with you.

Strengthens the heart so it doesn't have to work so hard to pump blood

Cardiovascular exercise frequency

The answer on the frequency of cardiovascular exercise depends on several factors. These include your fitness level, schedule, and goals.

If you're new to exercise, want to be healthier, don't have a lot of free time, and aren't worried about losing weight, exercising a little every day can help. If you've been exercising regularly for years, are used to hitting the gym for 60 minutes at a time, and are more focused on building muscle than burning fat, cardio 3-4 times a week is probably sufficient.

When thinking about frequency, it is also important to consider intensity. Generally, light or moderate intensity cardiovascular exercises can be performed every day.

But if you do a high intensity workout, you will need more days of rest between workouts. Mixing the two helps to work with different energy systems and also prevents you from burning.


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