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Cardiovascular Training

What are the benefits of cardio training?

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  • AMike Clark, DPT, Fitness, answered
    Cardio training is the body's ability to transport oxygen continuously to muscles during work. This component of fitness includes the circulatory system, composed of the heart, blood, and blood vessels, as well as the respiratory system, which includes the lungs and air passages. When you train your heart to pump more efficiently -- when you're cardio training -- your heart's ability to transport oxygen increases through increased blood flow; your ability to work harder while still taking in oxygen increases, and you begin to use your body's energy sources (fat and sugar) more efficiently.

    Essentially, a more efficient heart allows you to work harder, burn more calories overall and helps create more change.
  • The benefits of cardio training include:
    • It strengthens the heart
    • It strengthens the lungs and increases lung capacity
    • It boosts the metabolism, burns calories, and helps you lose weight
    • It helps reduce stress
    • It increases energy
    • It promotes restful sleep
  • There are so many benefits to cardio training.  Cardio helps improve lung function, strengthens you heart and improves your endurance.  The main reason people do cardio is to burn calories so they lose weight.  So if your just trying to lose weight, get ready for an event or just improve overall health cardio training provides great benefits.
  • There are so many benefits to cardio training that I'm not even sure where to begin. First of all, we need to define "cardio training"  "Cardio" means to use your heart. And you have to use your heart JUST To stay alive. So, it's almost like we're always doing, "cardio" but to TRAIN your heart is another thing and you would train your heart just like you would train any other muscle. The reason for training a muscle is to get it stronger so it can work for you better and more efficiently. So, training your heart to get stronger is a benefit in itself.

    With a strong heart you can have an abundant supply of oxygen carrying blood delivered throughout your entire system with ease. Your heart is so strong is barely has to work at all to pump the proper amount of blood through your body. This makes your lungs and brain feel secure and happy and they can do the work they need to do with no problems. Plenty of oxygen to the lungs makes breathing easy and plenty of oxygen to the brain makes your other hormones work in a way where you will feel energetic and happy. In the blood flow you will also be receiving vitamins, minerals and hormones that regulate your food better which in turn will make you strong and energetic.

    Pairing your cardio training with proper nutrition will also make your cells happy and ready to do whatever it is you need them to do. Whether you want to train for other sports or just get through a busy day with children and family you will find an endless list of benefits from cardio training. You will sleep better at night and if you have any health problems you will see a decrease or a complete disappearing act of those ailments.

    Always check with your Doctor before starting a new training program. And most importantly always have fun because cardio training will release hormones that can make you feel happy and even euphoric at times if you are doing an activity you enjoy. 

  • The benefits of cardio training include:

    Burning calories. In order to reduce body fat and lose weight, you must burn more calories than you take in (a calorie deficit). Performing cardio exercises on a regular basis will help you burn as many calories as possible.

    Improved heart function. The heart is a muscle, and when you exercise, it will learn to work more efficiently. The heart is responsible for pumping the blood to your muscles. The more demand you put on your muscles, the more blood they need. A strong and efficient heart will ensure your muscles receive that blood without being overworked.
     
    Lowered resting heart rate. Since your heart can be conditioned to pump more blood with each beat, it won't have to work as hard to sustain you, even at rest. The average adult has a resting heart rate of about 70-80 beats per minute, while elite athletes, such as Lance Armstrong, reportedly have resting heart rates in the 30's.  
     
    Improved lung function. The lungs deliver oxygen to the body, and they can be conditioned to operate more efficiently too. All physical activities require oxygen, and the more strenuous those activities are the more oxygen is required. Strong lungs will deliver higher volumes of precious oxygen.

    Increased blood vessel capacity. The blood vessels are the transportation system of blood, oxygen, and nutrients. They carry the supplies necessary for muscles to function. They also transport waste products away from the muscles. A well-developed system of blood vessels is much more efficient at these important tasks.

    Serves as warm up and cool down. Aerobic exercises can and should be utilized as a means to prepare the body for physical activity and to return the body to a resting state. Five to ten minutes of light cardio before and after your workout program should do the trick.

    Improved immune system function. Those who participate in cardiovascular programs are less susceptible to illness.

    Increased work, recreational and sports performance. With a well-conditioned cardiovascular system, all activities become less strenuous and more enjoyable.

    Promotes a sense of well-being. The release of endorphins during aerobic exercise can be felt for hours afterward.

  • Cardiovascular training can have a wide variety of benefits depending on the program you are on. The most common is weight loss because of the amount of calories you can burn during the activity as well as how it can increase your metabolism to aid in caloric expenditure after the workout. Many have seen the benefits of increased endurance or stamina. Proper cardiovascular training can increase your anaerobic threshold, which allows you to train longer and harder without fatiguing as quickly.  This will help if you compete in any sport as well as helping you become more productive in your daily activities. Other benefits include helping to reduce health risks, such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Also very important is how it can help reduce stress and build strength. Cardiovascular training at the right intensity is a very good way to release the stress of your day while helping you handle stress better through the day. As for strengthening, you are using a wide variety of muscle groups when running or cycling, so this additional overload of the muscles will help in strengthening the body overall.
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