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Monday, April 7, 2014

Know how's of cardio- Health Book: Day 97

This post for those who don't know what is cardio exercise and why should it be done. While talking to a friend yesterday, who had no clue about cardio exercises, I realized the need to enlighten others about the same.

What?
Cardio or cardiovascular exercises are those physical movements of your body where your heartbeat accelerates.

Why?
If you have desk job, how does your body feel at the end of the day? You may have tight muscles, an aching back, and you feel exhausted even though you haven't done anything physical. Perhaps your shoulders are heavy with tension and head giddy after staring at your computer screen for the whole day. You do not feel the same post a good workout. Your muscles become warm and flexible, the blood circulation becomes good, providing oxygen and energy. You feel energized, refreshed, confident and  proud of yourself and ready, don't you? The reason is that our bodies are made to move, and not sit around all day. This is exactly what we do and ruin our bodies.

Benefits?
  • Cardio exercise is a great way to burn calories and help you lose weight
  • Did you know that cardio makes your heart strong so that it doesn't have to work as hard to pump blood?
  • More the cardio, better is your lung capacity
  • It helps reduce risk of heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes
  • It makes you feel good, energetic and confident.
  • It helps you sleep better and reduce stress
  • It increases your bone density
How?
Joining a gym or aerobics may not be possible for everybody. So try these without joining a gym-
brisk walk, running/jogging. cycling, skipping, using staircase or something as easy as jumping. Cardio workout is also important before lifting weights. Do not rush to weights without warming up or cardio. You can only stay fit if the right direction is followed.

Stay healthy, stay blessed.

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