Cardio. For some it is a passion, for others it is just a scary word. However, cardiovascular training is a key component that should not be left out of your fitness program.
Cardiovascular training is any movement that increases heart rate and blood circulation throughout the body. Regardless of the form, every cardio workout leads to the burning of excess calories. However, in addition to this, there are a number of health benefits to regular cardio training.
- Improved heart function
The heart is a muscle and like any other muscle, it needs to be trained to become strong. With each cardio workout you stimulate the heart to work faster and if you do this on a regular basis you contribute to staying in healthy shape.
- Accelerated metabolism
In addition to speeding up the heartbeat, cardiovascular exercise helps speed up a number of other processes in your body, namely your metabolism. Accelerated metabolism means easier maintenance of the desired shape, ie losing extra pounds, depending on the case.
- Improved hormonal profile
Each cardio exercise releases hormones that reduce appetite, as well as a series of “happiness hormones” (endorphins, dopamine and serotonin) that help relieve the symptoms of depression and fatigue.
- Improved recovery ability
Certain types of cardio exercise, usually at a moderate intensity, can lead to a reduction in post-workout recovery time. If you’ve just finished a strenuous session, a lighter form of cardio will help you get rid of the toxins that build up during strenuous exercise. This will help reduce DOMS (delayed onset of muscle soreness) and bring oxygen-rich blood to the muscle tissue, thereby improving its regeneration and reproduction.
For you this means that you will be able to continue working on the same muscle groups soon.
- Diabetes management
With each cardio workout, you increase your muscles’ ability to use glucose. Those who exercise regularly tend to have better blood sugar control and do not have as many changes in blood sugar levels as those who do not exercise.