Cardio Exercise Definition and Benefits

Cardio Exercise Definition and Benefits

Cardio exercise is any exercise that raises your heart rate. Face it our bodies were made to move. And we all know that to keep our muscles in shape we need move them. This movement makes them stronger and stronger muscles make for a more efficient and healthy body. Your heart is a muscle. Therefore working it makes it stronger. A stronger cardio-vascular system means more capillaries delivering more oxygen to cells in your muscles. This enables your cells to burn more fat during both exercise and inactivity.

Cardio exercise uses large muscle movement over a sustained period of time keeping your heart rate to at least 50% of its maximum level. Are your workout intense enough?  Your Target Heart Rate can answer that question. To obtain your Target Heart Rate check out our calculator at https://www.healthstatus.com/calculate/target-heart-rate.


Some of the Best Cardio Workouts Are:

Walking – This is the easiest and safest way to start getting in your cardio.

Elliptical – Minimal impact on the knees and hips but calorie burning is still high.  When you increase the incline you will activate more muscles.

Running –  This one is easy to understand.  Just remember if you train like a distance runner you will look like a distance runner.  If you train like a sprinter you will develop a sprinters body.  Steading running burns calories but sprints take it to the next level.

High Intensity Interval Training – Short intervals at maximum intensity followed by short periods of rest.   Best all around workout that burns fat and calories.  Find a program here: https://www.healthstatus.com/high-intensity-interval-training/

Bike Riding or Cycling – Cycling uses large muscle groups in the legs and helps elevate your heart rate.  This one is great you can do it inside or outside, with your kids, or even over