Cardio explained based on medical & athletic references

Cardio explained based on medical & athletic references

The term ‘cardio’ is probably not new to anyone who is thinking of or already working out.

Did you know that cardio is a vital component of any workout program, whether its losing weight, getting fit, or simply maintaining a healthy body?

Definition of Cardio 

Cardio is defined as a physical exercise that pushes the lungs, heart, and all associated blood vessels’.

This type of exercise is extremely important because the components mentioned above serve just like engines in our bodies –

And without a strong and reliable engine, I am a nobody, no matter how good my physical body looks!

Types of cardio

There are three main types of cardio. These are:

a. Steady-State Cardio

This was my first type of cardio. Steady-state cardio is a type of cardio workout that’s done at a consistent, moderate rate.

And this type of cardio helped me build up endurance since it promotes the development of lean muscle.

It helped me burn plenty of calories when I started my workout journey.

I started noticing results after four weeks of cardio training.

b. Variable Intensity Interval Training

This type of cardio training involves a combination of higher intensity cardio with those of low intensity or weight training.

I started doing Variable Intensity Interval Training workouts when I wanted to combine cardio with strength training.

VIIT workouts also helped me to build speed and realize quicker results with minimal injury risks.

c. High-Intensity Interval Training

This type of cardio involves an all-out effort with short periods rest in between the sets.

High-intensity interval training is also strictly cardio, unlike the case for its VIIT cousin.

Despite being short,

HIIT workouts promote explosive speeds, maximum oxygen intake, maximum blood pumping, and the development of muscle mass.

Nevertheless, It’s popular because of the quick results, although it has such a high potential for injury.

HIIT should be done with lots of caution.

Benefits of Cardio 

Apart from keeping my lungs, heart, and blood vessels in shape, cardio training has helped me burn a lot of calories.

I use it as my primary tool for managing my weight.

Also, doing cardio tones up the muscles involved,

and promotes the secretion of endorphins during exercise.

These endorphins leave me feeling good after working out.

How much cardio exercise should I do?

For optimal health and fitness benefits, I always do 30 minutes of cardio five times a week.

While this seems like a lot, it’s easily achievable if I include other activities like walking and warm-up activities.

Keeping my heart, lungs, blood vessels, and body in good shape has always been a priority in my fitness Programme.

Using cardio is essential for anyone who wants to achieve long-term health and fitness benefits.

Apart from the benefits that come with cardio,

these workouts are fun and enjoyable, and they always leave me feeling great for hours afterward!

You too can use any of the three types of cardio workouts discussed above to get yourself on track.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re recovering from an injury,

building muscle or building endurance, cardio can do anything for you.

If you’re overweight or struggling with obesity, I can help you.

Since I’ve faced similar challenges that you’re facing, I can help you to overcome & succeed in losing weight as I’ve done.

All you have to do is contact me and I’ll be more than glad to assist you.


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