What does cardio training do?

Eric Beard
Eric Beard on behalf of National Academy of Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine
Cardio training causes the heart, lungs and circulatory system to work harder in support of working muscles. Cardio training increases the need for blood and nutrients in working muscles and increases the amount of waste products that must be removed from those muscles.

Regular cardiorespiratory exercise can help you to; lose weight, reduce stress, decrease fatigue and improve sports performance. Other powerful benefits of regular cardio training include a decreased risk of; obesity, coronary artery disease, type II diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, high cholesterol, anxiety and certain types of cancer. 

It sounds almost like the magic bullet. Cardiovascular health may be a better predictor of mortality than obesity according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine. So get your daily dose, whether it is a walk after dinner or a workout in the gym. Get that heart pumping and blood flowing!
Kristy Lee Wilson - Sharecare Fitness Expert
Kristy Lee Wilson - Sharecare Fitness Expert on behalf of Sharecare Fitness
Cardiovascular training refers to any type of activity that involves and places a stress on the cardiorespiratory system. In other words, any activity that increases your heart rate and breathing rate can be used as a form of cardiovascular exercise. Activities such as brisk walking, running, cutting the grass, gardening, dancing, playing with your children, or participating in an exercise class at your local gym can all be considered forms of cardiovascular exercise.

Regular cardiovascular exercise helps strengthen your heart and lungs. It contributes to weight loss, weight maintenance, helps decrease body fat, reduces stress levels and decreases daily fatigue. Regular cardiovascular exercise also helps decrease the risk of many chronic health conditions such as coronary artery disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, certain cancers, obesity, high blood pressure, and depression.
National Academy of Sports Medicine
National Academy of Sports Medicine
Cardiovascular training places stress on the cardiorespiratory system (heart & lungs), causing increased heart rate and induced respiratory effort. Cardiovascular (cardio) training is essentially any activity that raises your heart and breathing rates such as walking, running, mowing the lawn and even resistance training. When performing cardio training, you will reap many benefits such as increasing recreational and sports performance, sense of well-being, blood lipid profiles (reduce cholesterol), insulin sensitivity & glucose tolerance (reduce the risk of diabetes), immunity, and caloric burn (weight loss). Additionally, performing cardiorespiratory activities can decrease daily fatigue, anxiety, depression, coronary artery disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), some types of cancer, osteoporosis, and obesity.

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