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 http://livestrong.com 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.
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….