Importance of Cardio Conditioning
Practically everyone has some level of awareness regarding cardiovascular health and fitness. At the very least, most people know it has something to do with the heart. At Total Health Systems, we know that cardio conditioning aerobic exercise, is recommended by the American Heart Association to reduce heart disease risk. Cardio conditioning exercises have been shown to lower bad cholesterol, raise good cholesterol and lower blood pressure. Cardio conditioning has other benefits as well:
- Reduces asthma symptoms
- Helps regulate blood sugar
- Improves sleep
- Reduces chronic pain
- Strengthens the immune system
- Helps regulate weight
- Boosts mood
- Improves brain function
- Reduces fall risk
The best news is that cardio conditioning exercises are safe for most people; however, you should always consult your physician before beginning a new exercise routine.
Cardio Conditioning Exercises
Cardio conditioning exercises can be anything involving continuous movement that results in elevating your heart rate. The most common cardio exercises are walking, running and cycling. These can be done at home, at the gym, indoors and outdoors. Sports like tennis, basketball, and racquetball also provide great cardiovascular workouts. Even something as simple as taking the stairs, raking the leaves or energetically cleaning the house can provide a good cardio workout. The problem many people experience is motivation. It’s easy to skip a run or walk in the morning when you’re doing it alone. Finding an exercise class, a gym, or even a personal trainer can help keep you on track.
Cardio Conditioning Program
Total Health Systems offers one-on-one fitness programs that include cardio, nutrition and strength training. We have trainers certified in rehab and pre-rehab, core training, senior fitness and sport specific training, and we offer small group exercise opportunities as well. From kickboxing to Pilates to individually designed hybrid programs, our fitness and nutrition experts are ready to help you reach your cardio fitness goals. Contact us today.