The Case for Cardio
Why is Cardio so important?
Making cardiovascular exercises a part of your exercise routine is essential! Let us tell you why. Cardio exercise:
- Burns more body fat in a limited period of time
- Strengthens the heart
- Aids in lowering blood pressure
- Improves body metabolism
- Contributes to a good mental state of mind
The American Heart Association Recommendations
The American Heart Association recommends that adults complete at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (also known as cardio) at least 5 days per week
At least 25 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity at least 3 days per week. Keep in mind that physical activity is anything that makes you move your body and burn calories.
Examples of Moderate Intensity:
- Walking briskly (3 miles per hour or faster)
- Water aerobics
- Tennis (doubles)
- Ballroom dancing
Examples of Vigorous intensity:
- Race walking, jogging, or running
- Swimming laps
- Aerobic dancing
- Jumping rope
- Hiking uphill
Cardio can help prevent bone loss and reduce the risk of many diseases associated with aging. It also increases muscle strength and may improve balance and coordination. Studies have shown that higher levels of physical activity are associated with a lower rate incidence of coronary heart disease.
How to get started:
- Choose fun activities that you enjoy and can do year-round
- Start exercising at a low intensity and progress gradually.
- Find a friend or family memeber to exercise with and stick to a regular schedule.
- Stay hydrated while exercising by drinking water every 15 minutes.
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