Benefits of Cardio
The first one is an improved condition of your heart. Your heart is a muscle like any other and in order for it to become strong, it must be worked. If you fail to work it, it will weaken over time and this will cause a variety of negative health effects. By getting the heart pumping at a faster rate on regular basis you will keep it in shape and healthy. Too many people getting winded just performing simple exercises such as walking up the stairs and the primary reason for this is because they are neglecting to work their heart muscle.
Another reason to perform cardio is for its effects on the metabolism. Along with speeding up your heart rate, cardiovascular exercise also increases the rate of various others processes in the body, also known as your metabolism. Generally speaking, the more intense the cardio session, the more noticeable increase you will see with regards to metabolic rate. Intense interval sprints(also known as HIIT) increase metabolism, the highest with a process called EPOC(Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption). An increased metabolism means an easier time maintaining your weight(or losing weight as the case may be)
Performing cardiovascular exercise also changes the hormonal profile in your body considerably. It releases “feel good” hormones that will help ease symptoms of depression ab fatigue ass well as releasing hormones that decrease the appetite. Individuals who partake in regular cardio exercise often have a much more positive outlook on life simply because they are getting the stress-relief benefits from these hormones.
Certain types of cardio exercises, usually lower, more moderately paced forms, can decrease your recovery time too. If you have just performed a hard session in the gym, hopping on the treadmill for a walk or light jog will help to remove some of the by-products that were created during the lifting session. This will help to reduce your DOMS (Delayed Onset of Muscle Soreness) and help bring more oxygen-rich blood to the muscle tissue improving in the repair and rebuilding process.
To you, this translates to your being able to get back into the gym quicker and work the muscles again. Building muscles is a combination of an overloading stimulus and sufficient rest to allow the muscles to heal itself. If you skew this balance either direction, either working out too much rest in between, you aren’t going to get optimal results.
The more frequently you are able to work a muscle through (assuming full recovery has been achieved) the faster you will add additional new muscle. Cardio helps you do this. Just don’t take this too far as excess cardio or cardio done at such a high intensity that it places additional strain on the muscles is going to actually hinder recovery rather than aid it.
Lastly, for those who have diabetes, cardiovascular exercise helps them manage this condition, by performing the exercise you will increase your muscle’s ability to utilize glucose. Those who exercise regularly tend to have better control of their blood sugars and do not see as many blood sugar swings as those who don’t. For diabetes, this is increasingly important as they are extremely sensitive to changes in blood sugar levels.