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Why cardio is important.

Whether you call it "cardio" or "cardi-no", there's no doubt that cardio is a very important type of fitness training.


From improving your cardiovascular health to reducing weight to helping you sleep, there are many reasons to make cardio training a part of your routine.


Today I'll tell you about the health benefits behind cardio, and what exercises you can easily add to your routine without having to use equipment.


Health benefits of cardio.


I mentioned a few ways you can benefit from cardio above but let's look at the benefits more closely here:


Improving cardiovascular health - Cardio strengthens your heart and helps it pump blood through your body more efficiently. It also lowers your blood pressure and keeps your arteries clear by lowering your bad cholesterol levels (LDL) and raising your good cholesterol levels (HDL).


Helps regulate blood sugar - Regular aerobic exercise helps lower blood sugar and helps regulate insulin levels.


Reduces asthma symptoms - It can help both alleviate and lessen the severity of asthma attacks.


Reduces chronic pain - Cardio can help reduce chronic pain by helping you gain back muscle endurance and function.


Helps you sleep - Studies have shown that regular cardio activity has helped patients with insomnia. Don't exercise too close to bedtime though. Try to finish your workout two hours before bedtime.


Regulates body weight - Cardio exercise burns more calories during your workout than weight lifting. Burning these calories will help you lose bodyweight if you're looking for a leaner aesthetic.


Strengthens your immune system - Aerobic exercise has been shown to increase certain antibodies in your blood which leads to a stronger immune system.


Improves brain power - Cardio slows the loss of brain tissue and improved cognitive function.


Boosts your mood - Your body releases hormones to combat the stress you're putting your body through, leaving you with a happy, euphoric feeling.


Easy cardio exercises.


One of the best things about cardio is you can pretty much do it anywhere. In your home, at a park, in a hotel room. Anywhere you have adequate space where you can do some sort of jumping without hurting yourself is perfect.


Here are some cardio moves for you to try:

-Brisk walking

-Running

-Swimming

-Cycling

-Jump rope

-Jumping jacks

-Burpees

-Bunny Hops

-High Knees

-Butt Kicks

-Squat jumps

-Lunge jumps

-Toe taps


It's recommended for you to get around 90 minutes of cardio training per week. You can add more time to your week if your cardio activities are moderate, or less time if your activities are vigorous.


Make your heart happy, team!


Liz xo


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