Cardio is a MUST for health and wellness – find out why!
I am actually pretty lucky as a personal trainer. My clients are very willing and abiding when it comes to my advisement of cardiovascular exercise. They seem to have no issue getting it done. Either before their workout or after, the majority of them are all very compliant with my request for getting in their cardio throughout the day. But as I said, that is the behavior of the clients I have now. There have definitely been those in the past who would rather shove fire pokers into their eyes or chew on broken glass shards than do their cardio.
I can’t particularly relate to those who hate cardio with such a passion. In fact, I can admit that I am probably a little too non-sympathetic to those who don’t enjoy it. I guess it’s because I haven’t ever minded cardio activity. I feel like I am really benefiting from my efforts whenever I am doing HIIT workouts or even just treadmill running – like I am really giving it my all. Of course weight training is just as beneficial and is a must as well, but cardio just hasn’t ever irked me like it has so many previous clients. Below I have listed a few reasons as to why cardio is a must for health and wellness success. Take a look…
1. BETTER SLEEP
By implementing just 3-4 days of cardio each week, you are setting yourself up for MUCH better sleeping habits. In fact, studies show that those who actually do 3-4 days of strenuous cardio fall asleep 54% faster than those who don’t. Not to mention those same cardio doers tend to stay sleeping 37% longer than those who don’t do cardio work!
2. STRONGER HEART
Did you know just 30 minutes of cardio a day can easily increase your life expectancy? That 30 minutes of cardiovascular activity is going to aid in preventing heart disease and heart related illness. It will also strengthen the heart in general.
3. KICKS DEPRESSION TO THE CURB
When you begin to involve yourself in a routine cardiovascular exercise regimen, your body releases endorphins into the brain. Endorphins are the “happy” chemical that our body releases when we do cardiovascular work. Who wouldn’t want to be happy? Wouldn’t you choose a little bit of exercise over paying hundreds of dollars for a therapy session? Even better, wouldn’t you rather do a little bit of cardio to help overcome the sadness that many feel each day?
Rolling your eyes and huffing and puffing isn’t going to replace the benefits of cardio. Nor is convincing yourself that “walking the dog up to the top of your neighborhood entrance” is just as beneficial as a 2 mile run. Don’t kid yourself my friends – it only harms you in the long run. Take the time to put in the work for your cardio sessions and I promise you will be paid back with results that are better than you ever could have imagined.