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The Benefits of Doing Cardio...

With all this talk about cutting cardio out of your routine, I thought it was important to outline the major benefits of cardiovascular activity. So here it goes:

  • Reduces risk of disease: Including obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, stroke and certain types of cancer.
  • Improves blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels: Exercise increases your HDL cholesterol (the "good" cholesterol) and decreases your LDL cholesterol (the "bad" cholesterol) in your blood.
  • Improves heart function: A stronger heart doesn't need to beat as fast and pumps blood more efficiently, which means improved blood flow in the body.
  • Reduces risk of osteoporosis: Weight-bearing aerobic exercises (walking) reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Improves muscle mass: Muscles move your body, the healthier the muscles are, the better you move.
  • Increases calories burned: More calories burned means more weight lost.

This does not include all the emotional and aesthetic benefits you get from a few good runs or workouts on the elliptical (less stress, more sleep, improved sexual performance etc.). Now that you know the benefits, check out some of the cardio workouts I have created.

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Annabean Annabean 8 years
Very informative. Thank you for sharing this.
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 8 years
I get so much energy with cardio much more than pilates or weight workouts!
ccsugar ccsugar 8 years
Thanks Fit! :)
amandasunly amandasunly 8 years
Yup bottom line is that cardio is a must in our daily life - actually by walking we're already doing it!
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