For so many years, I thought cardiorespiratory (cardio) exercise was just to help people lose weight or keep their heart healthy. While both of my superficial thoughts are true, I’ve come to appreciate how important cardio exercise is to each of the different systems of our body.
Did you know? Keeping a regular cardio routine* can:
- Increase your capacity for exercise
- Increase your body’s ability to absorb Oxygen (O2), which in turn helps your body use O2 to create more ATP (our muscles’ fuel), which in turn then burns calories
- Ward off heart disease, including strokes
- Help prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, cholesterol problems, and obesity
- Increase our overall energy
- Elevate our mood and combats depression
- Build healthy bones, joints, and muscles
As the seasons change, I have been drawn outside more and more! I look forward to spending time outside in the fresh air, upping my O2 intake and helping my ticker stay healthy. I hope you will, too!
What is your favorite form of cardio exercise?
*For a “regular cardio routine,” ACSM recommends 3 days per week, between 40-60% of Maximum Heart Rate for healthy individuals aiming to maintain their cardio fitness level. Please note that before starting any exercise program, especially a cardiorespiratory training program, it is important to consult with your physician.