by Elaina Mitchell August 23, 2017 0 Comments


Cradio, is by far one of the most talked about topics in the fitness world. We already know what you're probably thinking: Ugh...cardio. 
Well, we really can't blame you for dreading cardio. The reason so many people dread it, is because of the obvious; Cardio can be intense. Though this may be the harsh truth for most, it really doesn't have to be the reality of it. Not only is cardio important, but it can also be really fun.

The keys to making the most out of your cardio workout are:

  • Understanding what cardio does for your body
  • Understanding the different types of cardio
  • Making your cardio routines worthwhile and FUN

A lot of times, when people hear the word cardio, they think of the treadmill, or bicycle, and a good run. These are all really great forms of cardio, but they can get a bit boring as well. We're going to explain what cardio actually is, and why doing it is important for your overall body health. 

What is Cardio?

Well, cardio is defined as:  cardiovascular exercise. DUH!

Though the definition seems very simple and to the point, there are many different forms of cardio, and that's where to confusion may creep in. If you happen to look up "cardio" on Pinterest, for instance, you may be scrolling through pages and pages of cardio exercises with titles like "HITT cardio routine" or "Try this LISS routine, today!" Titles like this, can seem a little intense. Fear not!We will explain that a bit more in a minute. 

Why Do I Need Cardio?

The answer to this is pretty simple. We need cardio to loose fat! If your body goal includes increasing muscle mass, definition, and overall body tone, then cardio is the way to go. One important thing to remember is that we all have muscles. Those muscles are just hiding, usually under fat. 

Now, cardio is not the only way to loose fat. You can also cut back on calories, and begin some resistance training. A combination of these two things will help you to reduce fat. Now, be careful when reducing calories, because less calorie intake can also result in loss of muscle mass. So, consider your cardio options ;)

There are 2 types of cardio:

Aerobic Activity

Aerobic activities require the presence of oxygen. Doing Aerobic activities, such as running, biking, swimming, etc, primarily works type I muscle fibers. These aerobic activities increase muscle endurance and capillary size, as well as help the heart muscle pump blood more efficiently. 

Anaerobic Activity

Anaerobic activities do not require to presence of oxygen. These types of activities, such as weight lifting, hill climbing, jumping rope, etc., works on the type II  muscle fibers. Anaerobic exercises lead to greater muscle size and increase strength. 

The Difference Between HIIT & LISS

HITT = High Intensity Interval Training = Aerobic

LISS = Low Intensity Steady State = Anaerobic

So, now that we know a little bit more about the different types of cardio, and the cool "lingo" or terms that are related to cardio exercises, we can better understand which types of workouts we need to do to reach our different body goals. 

If you're not sure where to start with your own cardio exercise, you can head over to our Cardio Pinterest board to see tons of cardio workout guides and routines. 

More than anything else, we here at BodyHealth want you to understand your fitness journey, and to actually enjoy it. To help you achieve this, we offer any array of all-natural vitamins and supplements, as well as informative videos on Youtube, discussing the specifics of each BodyHealth product. 

A GIFT FROM US, TO YOU

As a thank you for reading this informative article, and supporting the BodyHealth mission, we have designed a really cool Cardio Poster, just for you

This poster is downloadable, and print ready. Simply send it to your favorite printer (Walgreens, Office Depot, etc.), and have them print it as a 16" x 20" poster. You can laminate it, and use dry-erase markers on it to keep track of your daily cardio routine. 

We have designed both a male, and female version.

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Be sure to share this article with your friends, so that they can download their own poster.

 

P.S.
We also have this little surprise for you:

Elaina Mitchell
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