Why You Should Include Cardio In Your Workout Today29 Aug
Cardio exercise is either something you love or hate – the stereotypes of running on a treadmill for half an hour can appeal to you or make you head straight for the door! What is cardio, though, and why do we do it?
What is cardio?
Cardiovascular exercise is anything that raises your heart rate and increases your breathing. You’re probably thinking, but that is all exercise, isn’t it? Yes, but cardio exercise challenges your cardio system; it challenges your heart and lungs to work harder than usual.
Examples of exercise that do this are:
- Climbing stairs
Why should you do cardio?
Cardio is excellent for strengthening your heart; because your heart is a muscle, it can grow stronger, just like any other muscle. Regularly doing cardio can help build your heart’s strength and keep it healthy! Meaning you can have a healthy heart as you get older, helping prevent health issues.
Cardiovascular exercise can also help to increase metabolism, boosting your metabolic rate and helping you to maintain weight. It can also help with recovering from injuries; through working your cardiovascular system, you can help push more oxygen around your body benefiting your muscles and helping them to rebuild.
Why should you warm-up and cool down with cardio?
Warming up with cardio helps push the blood around your body; this can help reduce muscle soreness and injury, which is great for when you are about to start working out. Cooling down helps with gradually slowing down your heart rate; it helps to regulate your blood flow!
Warming up can be as simple as a brisk walk, cycling slowly and building up speed or going for a slow job. Cooling down is quite similar; try a brisk walk or maybe even a casual swim. One easy way to fit a warm-up/cool-down into your workout is simply by walking or cycling to the gym. Not only do you lower your carbon footprint, but you get your warm-up and cool down out of the way!
When you’re next in the gym, why don’t you mix up your warm-up and cool down switching between the treadmill, bikes, Stairmaster and maybe even the pool!
What classes are great for cardio?
If you want to increase your cardio but find it annoying (let’s face it, you’re not alone), we have so many classes for you to try! For the dancers, Zumba, Brio Dance, Clubbercise and more are all fantastic classes that get you moving to the beat while pushing your limits too!
Vibe Cycle takes the typical bike class and switches it up; by infusing it with a disco flavour! For those that just went to get on the bike, our Brio Cycle classes are sure to leave you feeling exhilarated.
Find out about why mind and body classes are for you here!