Friday, February 1, 2008

Cardio For Better Health and Weight Loss

By Gina E Clark

Cardiovascular training, AKA cardio, is absolutely imperative for optimal health. The benefits are immeasurable and have the ability to affect the quality and length of one's life. However, many people spend a great deal of time doing cardio exercises and don't experience the results that they should.

The benefits of cardio are numerous. It strengthens the heart and decreases the risk for heart problems, such as heart attacks and heart disease. A cardio workout strengthens the lungs and the entire respiratory system. Doing cardio lowers cholesterol but increases the body's immune system. It also decreases the risk for diseases such as osteoporosis and diabetes. Hypertension and strokes occur significantly left often in people who do regular cardio training. In addition to all of these benefits, cardio burns fat, causing weight loss, and builds strength and muscles. It slows down the aging process and the affects of aging. Not only does cardio affect the physical health, but it also affects the mental health. An elated feeling and positive mood, often referred to as a "runner's high," is experienced by those who do cardio exercises.

A cardio workout should not be done in one long, moderate session as many believe, and some experts even recommend. An ideal cardio workout consists of intervals of high intensity. This means that you push yourself as hard as you can for a few minutes, and then slow to a moderate level of intensity. After a few minutes, continue your workout at a high intensity level. Repeat this several times during your exercise. This guarantees maximum results, and causes the body to continue burning fat and calories long after the workout is over.

It's recommended that you do cardio 30-45 minutes every day for at least five days a week. In order to reduce your risk for cancer, you need to workout for a minimum of 30 minutes each day. However, to reduce your risk for breast cancer, you have to exercise for 45 minutes every day. (MEN CAN GET BREAST CANCER.)

For someone who is not accustomed to this much exercise, start by doing what you are able to do. Try walking for 15 minutes, or walk for 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes at night. Also, begin implementing intervals of high intensity. Try 15 to 30 seconds a few times during your exercise. As you are able, increase the time and intensity of your workout.

As you can see, the benefits of cardio training on your health are immense. It's absolutely essential to do cardio and to do it correctly in order to have a longer and better quality of life and to lose weight. So begin your active lifestyle today and experience the benefits of better health.

Gina Clark writes on nutrition and fitness. Click here for more tips to improve the quality of your life.