Cardiovascular training, or as most call it, Cardio. So what does it do, and why do we do it? While Cardio is encouraged, it seems to me – it is rarely explained.
What happens when we train our cardiovascular system – and how does this benefit us? In this article I hope to make this concept a little clearer for those who want a deeper understanding of what exactly is going on when we are doing cardio.
Heart and Lung function: Training your heart and lungs through exercise, will yield similar results to training our muscles during resistance training. When you train a muscle, it becomes stronger.
The cardiovascular system is no different! When we train the heart and lungs they become stronger and much more efficient when carrying out their function of pumping blood and oxygen around the body. Cardiovascular training will also help improve blood pressure markers and help to lower cholesterol levels which is very important when it comes to heart health.
Weight Loss: While we must be in a calorie deficit to lose weight – cardiovascular training is a great way to make this process a lot more efficient and manageable in the long run! Cardio can usually be defined as anything from a brisk walk to a jog or even some high intensity interval training (HIIT)! Like most forms of physical activity, cardio helps us to burn more calories, helping us to lose weight more efficiently – once we are eating less calories than we are burning! i.e. the calorie deficit. Aiming for 20 to 30 minutes of moderate intensity cardio done on a daily basis is a great place to start here! This could be anything from a brisk walk to a jog, or even a swim!
Overall, cardiovascular training can be very beneficial when looking to improve our health and wellbeing. This is true for losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight as well as contributing largely towards our heart and lung function. This is likely to largely improve our quality of life and largely reduce risk of the many diseases associated with obesity and inactivity. I’ll finish with a quote that I found quite entertaining and relevant to the topic at hand!
“I always find cardio the most monotonous. Running on a treadmill shows me why hamsters are so crazy.” – Luke Evans
Lastly, I would also like to clarify that I am not a registered dietician. All advice disclosed here is simply advisory based on my qualifications as a fitness professional and personal experience and knowledge gained working with individuals and helping them reach their goals. The advice given is not designed to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any health problem – nor is it intended to replace the advice of a physician. Always consult your physician or qualified health professional on any matters regarding your health.
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