Is Cardio A Part of Your Routine?

Lately, I have been on a serious workout routine plus eating healthy and it is driving me CRAZY! Lol I hate exercising but I know it’s important in order to live a healthy lifestyle. Plus, I hear if you’re in shape PRIOR to having a baby it will make delivery and all that birth stuff easier.  I am not thinking of having children now, but planning for your health is always a good thing.

So, how much cardio are you doing per day?  If your answer is 3 to 4 times a week, then AWESOME!! You are on your way to a healthy heart.  But for others, like myself, I do not put in 3 to 4 days a week of cardio.  Actually, I only put in about 2 days per week and that is not enough.  After speaking with my trainer, she advised me that my heart is the most important muscle in my body and therefore I need to act like it NOW.  Once she said that, it made me wonder, why I should incorporate so much cardio into my routine?  Now it was time to do research.

Research shows having a balanced cardiovascular regime has multiple effects on your body.  According to cardio can:

1.       Strengthen the heart organ- increasing your heart rate through cardio helps to strengthen your heart and the blood vessels around it. According to the American Heart Association, performing any moderate to high-intensity cardiovascular activity for at least thirty minutes on most days of the week at 50 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate will improve your heart's health.[1]

2.       Helps decrease excess body fat- As you exercise the excess fats begins to burn and you begin to develop stronger muscles.

3.       Assists in improving your immune system- With this epidemic flu virus spreading around, cardio helps in increasing your blood which raises your body temperature which will help carry away the germs.  

4.       Decreases your stress levels- as quoted in the movie Legally Blonde, “I just don't think that Brooke could've done this. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy....” Working out creates a clear mind for some people plus allows them to take out their frustration and anxiety in other ways.

Cardio exercise wasn't something I use to strive to do but after doing my own research it is time I stop playing and love my heart. What cardiovascular exercises do you practice? Please share the news, I am open to suggestions. Let’s work together and keep a healthy and happy heart. 

To Be Continued….



Tileah Aisha