I think it’s safe to say that we all know we should be doing cardio exercises. We know that it can help us lose weight, but some of us don’t know why it really is that great, and what type is best for us. There is a lot of confusion about what type of cardio to do, how long to do it for, and how hard to make it. Guidelines suggest that we should do a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate physical activity, and I think the best thing is that we can ultimately decide how we want to spend these 150+ minutes. In terms of the type, duration, and intensity of your workout, it really is up to you. Find whatever works for your body and go from there. We don’t have to make cardio boring either, it’s something that should be enjoyed, and because there are so many different options out there, I think there is definitely something for everyone.
Cardio has been proven to:
- Burn calories and assist with weight loss
- Be good for the heart, lungs, and circulatory system
- Activate endorphins that act as a coping mechanism for stress
- Interrupt anxiety and regulate depression
- Provide you with more confidence in how you look and feel
If you’re new to working out, cardio workouts are one of the best ways to get started. Cardio doesn’t have to happen on a treadmill; try taking the stairs instead of the elevator next time, walking to the shops instead of driving, or conducting walking meetings at work instead of sitting at a desk or at a café is an example.
Make it easier? Do fewer reps, or run less distance
Make it harder? Repeat exercise more times or run further
“A little progress each day, adds up to big results”