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|7 Reasons to Add Cardio Training To Your Workout|
|by Mike Singh
If you're a weight-training enthusiast, no doubt you know the benefits to be gained from building
strong muscles. But is cardio training part of your workout too? If it's not, you should consider
adding it to your routine. Weight training paired with cardiovascular workouts provides a nearly
perfect combination for keeping you fit and healthy. Let's look at seven reasons to add cardio
training to your workout.
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- Cardio Training Is Good for Your Heart
The increased heart rate you will achieve during your cardio workout will improve the condition
of your heart and lungs by training your heart to pump more blood in fewer beats and your lungs to
move more oxygen with less effort. The improvement you will gain in your cardiovascular health will
reduce your risk of heart disease and improve your blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Aim
for 30-60 minutes at least 3 days a week in order to achieve the best results for improving your heart.
- Cardio Training Will Help Improve Muscle Mass
Yes, it's true — you need strength training to gain muscle, but the thirty minutes you spend on
those elliptical trainers will help improve your muscle mass too, especially if you combine the two
as part of an interval training program. By going back and forth between cardio training and weight
training, you are working your muscles and then letting them relax several times during a workout,
which will improve your ability to build that great toned look. In addition, regular aerobic
exercise causes the capillaries in your muscles to grow, which helps them to remove waste, such as
lactic acid, from your body more easily. This will help improve the health of your muscles, and
reduce muscle soreness after your workout.
- Cardio Training Burns Fat
Adding four 30-minute cardio sessions a week to your current training schedule will help you rev
up your fat burning capability. The fat loss you will see will help your toned muscles be even more
- Cardio Training Revs Up Your Metabolism
In addition to the fat you will burn during your workout, regular cardiovascular training will
boost your metabolism for hours after your workout too, helping you to maximize fat loss all day long.
- Your Immune System Can Improve
People who spend thirty minutes in cardiovascular exercise at least three times a week are less
likely to catch colds and other viral illnesses. It is believed that aerobic exercise improves your
immune system, making it better able to fight off infection.
- Your Mental State Will Improve
Cardio training causes your brain to release endorphins, the body's natural high. Endorphins act
as natural painkillers and stress reducers.
- You Are Likely To Live Longer
The New England Journal of Medicine has found a direct link between regular exercise and
What Cardio Training Is Best?
So now that I've convinced you that you need cardio training, just what kind of cardio training
is best? Well, most experts agree that running provides the best aerobic exercise bang for the buck,
in terms of fat burning. Plus, running strengthens your legs better than most other aerobic exercise.
Another benefit is that, other than a good pair of shoes, no special equipment is required for
running, and you can do it virtually anywhere. Experts recommend that you begin with 20-minute
sessions and work your way up to 30-40 minute runs. However, running does have its disadvantages.
It's particularly hard on the knees, making it a difficult sport to continue, as you get older.
There are several other cardiovascular exercises that provide great benefit for those of us who
don't handle running very well.
seem to be one of the best options for those whose knees can't handle running.
Elliptical machines provide the same great cardio benefit, but without all the stress on the knees.
There are many great trainers to choose from, and you can find elliptical trainer reviews on many
Whatever type of cardiovascular training you choose, you are sure to see an increased benefit in
your health and fitness by adding aerobic exercise to your regimen. With just a little extra effort
added to your workout, you should see noticeable results in no time!
About The Author:
Mike Singh is a fitness instructor and writer who provides unbiased reviews of health/ fitness
products for consumers looking for quality information. Check out the largest collection of
elliptical machine reviews at http://www.elliptical-trainers-reviews.com
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