Cardio exercise is as necessary for overall health and fitness as anaerobic exercise is. When you do cardio, you get your heart rate going and increase blood circulation throughout your body. It is basically whole body exercise that, ideally, should make you breathe harder than usual, get your heart rate pumping, and help you work up a good sweat.
Cardiovascular exercise gives your heart (the most vital muscle in your body) an excellent workout. When you increase your pulse rate and keep it raised for a period of time, you will increase both your health and your fitness level.
You can lose weight and burn excess calories by doing cardiovascular exercise. It is one of the most commonly noted and popular benefits of this kind of exercise. It'll also give you an overall “toning” for your entire body.
One of the greatest benefits of cardiovascular exercise in regard to weight loss is that your calorie burning benefits don't stop when you stop exercising. In fact, some studies have shown that your metabolism stays at this significantly increased range for up to 18 hours after you finish your workout. And done over a long period of time, because you are toning and making your body more fit overall, it burns calories faster just as a matter of course. That's because as you become more fit, you'll both lose fat and gain muscle, and muscle burns calories even when you are at rest.
Another benefit of cardiovascular exercises is that it releases the so-called “feel-good” hormones called endorphins. Endorphins are your body's natural opiates, and they can also help ease depression.
Before you start, make a visit to your doctor and make sure you're okay for vigorous physical activity. If your doctor gives you a clean bill of health, go ahead; but, don't go full steam ahead. Start slowly by walking just 10 minutes at a moderate pace every day, the idea here is to get started and keep going.
After about two weeks, you're going to notice that you have more energy, that you sleep better, that you have fewer cravings for “bad” foods, and that you just in general feel better. Most of all, perhaps, you are going to notice that your mood is a lot more positive. That's great; keep going.
To ensure that you keep your fitness level up you will need to have to increase the challenges you undertake. If you are going to try a cardio program, there are another things you should have in mind. You will get better results as long as you are capable to change your lifestyle. What I mean is you will have to eat right, get enough sleep, drink enough water, etc.
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