A Lean Life

The Benefits of Cardio are Life-Changing

Cardio Heart RateThe benefits of cardio exercise cannot be overstated.  Cardio is one of the 3 pillars of any overall fitness plan, along with stretching and resistance training.  Regular cardio workouts can become a habit and way of life for you, just as the absence of cardio is also a habit…a bad habit.

Once you take the first step to making cardio a part of your daily or weekly routine, it will soon become habit…good habit.  This might take about 6 weeks for it to touch your soul.  After 6 weeks, though, you will see (and feel) so many benefits in who you are, how you feel, how you look, and more, that you will look forward to your workouts.

When you start to really “taste” those results, it will get in your blood.  And confidence breeds confidence.  Belief breeds belief.  It builds from there, like a runaway train.

When I lost 60 pounds a few years ago, every 3 to 4 weeks I was tightening my belt 1 more notch.  That was very satisfying.  But more than that…it was very motivating.

This does not mean you will always enjoy the workouts.  I often times don’t enjoy intense cardio workouts.  I do enjoy, however, the powerful effects they have on my life and my body, and for that reason, I look forward to them.

If you are already a cardio pro, there are many variations on this site that venture beyond what most people see as everyday cardio.

Cardio Benefits

The benefits of cardio cover nearly every aspect of your life:

Jogging for Cardio

Jogging for Cardio

Circulation

You will have better circulation if you are on a consistent cardio routine.  Your heart will become stronger and more efficient, thus improving your circulation.

Improved Heart Health

The benefits of cardio are no more apparent than with your heart health.  The more this all-important muscle is put to work, the stronger and more efficient it will become.  This becomes very apparent during cardio exercise when you see progressive improvements in your cardio heart rate.

Healthy Weight

Cardio, along with a nutritious and balanced diet, is a key to maintaining your healthy weight.  Two-thirds (2/3) of all Americans are overweight or obese, and there are a host of health problems connected to this statistic.  Achieving a healthy weight is step #1 to good overall health. See the impact of cardio on my healthy weight journey in these before and after photos.

Cardio exercise also contributes to fat loss because it speeds up your metabolism.  So not only are you burning calories during your workout, but your metabolism will be stepped up for several hours after exercise.

Better Sleep

It is well documented that exercise is a great antidote for stress.  A related benefit is that cardio serves to relax your mind and body, and therefore improves your sleep.  It also makes sense that if you exert yourself in exercise during the day, your muscles will be relaxed and more tired at night.

Blood Pressure

Cardio Heart RateRegular cardio can dramatically improve your blood pressure.  My blood pressure improved from 145/88 to 120/80 in the course of 6 months as a result of cardio and improved diet.  You will see weekly improvements in your blood pressure as you work your 30on3 Workouts ● simple, proven, powerful  fitness plan.  Wow…what a relief to see my improved blood pressure.

Improved Lung Function

Cardio workouts do not increase lung capacity, but they do improve the effectiveness of the lungs and their ability to process oxygen from the air you breathe to the blood pumped from the heart.

Reduces Stress

Regular cardio releases endorphins, which reduce stress and anxiety (hormonal improvements).

Reduces Risk of Disease

The risk of heart disease, cancer, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and other diseases is reduced significantly with regular cardio exercise.

Cholesterol Improvements

Increases your HDL (good) cholesterol and reduces triglycerides.

Energy Levels

Energy LevelsIncreases your body’s overall efficiency and therefore increases energy levels.  Your body has a finite amount of energy to consume each day, and when your heart is more efficient and your circulation is better, your body will operate with greater efficiency.  This is a good thing, since according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), one-third (1/3) of people are so tired during the day that it affects their ability to perform daily activities.

 Benefits Beyond Your Health

self-confidenceThe benefits of cardio also extend to your appearance, as you will be more likely to maintain a healthy weight, and this will improve the way you look.  If you look better and you feel better, then you will naturally feel better about yourself.

I had a very different vision of myself after I lost 60 pounds.

In the end, maybe the greatest benefits of cardio are the way you see you, and the way you feel about you. All of the health benefits and improved body efficiency are gravy!

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