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[October 2018] Why You Must Do Cardio Exercises
Date 10-10-2018 16:35 Hit343
Why You Must Do Cardio Exercises

Doing 100 reps of crunches every day may not be as effective as walking for 30 min on end daily in helping you lose belly fat. Cardio exercises, which are designed to deliver enough oxygen throughout one’s body, burn fats and carbohydrates stored in the body. This means that they are particularly suited to reducing body fat. As we move our whole bodies instead of just a few parts in cardio exercises, we also end up consuming more calories, which has the effect of accelerating body fat loss. Muscle exercises, such as crunches, merely serve to strengthen and tone the muscles directly involved. If you have managed to look thinner than usual after doing crunches for a few days, it can be attributed more to your body becoming more toned rather than you losing body fat.

Body fat loss naturally decreases the risk of lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Cardio exercises also strengthen the blood vessels and are effective in preventing arterial diseases such as arteriosclerosis. An increased cardiopulmonary function also enhances your ability to exercise and your endurance.

There are, however, a few things that you should keep in mind before doing cardio exercises. First, you need to choose exercises that suit your energy and cardiopulmonary function levels. There is a broad array of cardio exercises. If you are a beginner, walking, slow bicycling, and aqua aerobics are some of the best exercises to try. Then, you can gradually increase the intensity of your exercises. Medium-intensity cardio exercises include power walking, climbing staircases, badminton, and trekking hills. High-intensity cardio exercises for people who are confident in their ability to exercise include rope-skipping, swimming, and squash.
You should also think about your medical conditions. While mountain climbing is great for enhancing cardiopulmonary endurance, it is not the best exercise for those with heart diseases. Mountain climbing can dramatically increase the cardiac output and abruptly raise the oxygen demand of the heart muscles, leading to pain in the heart. If you have joint issues, swimming is a better exercise for you than mountain climbing. Underwater resistance training can deliver all the benefits of cardio exercises without overexerting the joints. However, if you are experiencing pain in your shoulder joints, swimming should be avoided. As there are a great variety of cardio exercises, you should consult an expert first before deciding which exercises to try.

Exercises are effective when they last for at least 15 min to 1 hr, not counting the periods of time spent on warming up and winding down. You should do cardio exercises at least three days a week and five days a week if you can. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that each healthy adult should engage in at least 30 min of exercise for five days a week for him or her to strengthen his or her cardiopulmonary endurance. Repetition and consistency are key to healthy exercises.