Why You Should Do More Cardio
Exercising regularly helps us look, feel and live better.
It's recommended to do at least 30-minute of moderate intensity 5 times a week.
While resistance training is good to help you build strong muscles, cardio is very effective for keeping your lungs and heart healthy.
Here are 7 health benefits of cardio training:
1. Improves heart health
LISS and HIIT cardio training can both keep your heart healthy.
Cardio training will help you keep your lungs and heart healthy
2. Helps with weight loss
If your goal is to lose or manage your weight, cardio training is an effective way to keep the scale happy.
Cardio is an effective way to help you burn more calories, which can help you lose weight.
3. Reduces stress
Regular exercising can help you manage stress in your life.
Cardio can reduce levels of stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline.
4. Promotes a positive mood
There's nothing that can compare to the feeling you get after finishing a 20+ minute run.
Regular cardio promotes the production of endorphins, which helps improve your mood.
5. Boosts metabolism
Similarl to resistance training, cardio can help you boost your metabolism.
Cardio is a great way to boost your metabolism and help you burn more calories at rest.
6. May increase brain functions
Cardio can help you increase your intention, but it can also be beneficial for your brain health.
Consistent cardio may increase cognitive and brain functions.
7. Helps do more than 10 squats without getting out of breath
Doing more than 5 reps is cardio, right? (powerlifter joke)
If you do resistance training on a weekly basis, you will realize that going over 10 reps can be difficult for certain movements, such as squats and deadlift.
Having a good cardiovascular system is important if you want to perform a higher number of reps.
Cardio can help you do more reps when you're performing resistance training
My experience with cardio
Once I started taking cardio seriously, I've noticed major changes in my body, and the way I feel.
When I run or cycle, it helps me get in the zone, which allows me to challenge myself while remaining calm.
I tend to do 3+ cardio trainings of 30 minutes or more a week.
Our body needs to move, thus I like to move every day, even if it's just a light jog or walking to get groceries.
Cardio is a very effective way to reduce stress, improve your mood and manage your weight.
Try walking more, running, swimming, jump roping, etc.
We all different lifestyles, so try to add cardio trainings according to yours.