The Skinny on Cardio

If you’re striving for success with dieting or weight loss products, it’s important to increase your levels of physical activity. Adopting a regular exercise program will speed up your results and boost your overall health. Once you’ve consulted with the staff at our medical weight loss centers to ensure it’s safe for you to exercise, it’s time to get started with one of the three pillars of fitness: cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training.

This week, we will focus on the many benefits of cardio workouts, aka aerobic exercise. These type of workouts boost your heart health and burn fat as a primary fuel source. If you need to lose fat, it’s essential to incorporate some form of cardio work into your exercise routine. An aerobic workout challenges the cardio and respiratory systems to use oxygen for fuel to sustain the body for a period of time.  

There are many cardio activities you can do to help you lose weight. Some of the best types include running, walking, cycling, rowing and variations of these. What they all have in common is that they use the larger muscle groups.

When cardio work is performed consistently at a moderate to high intensity, studies show that you can achieve significant fat loss over time. Regardless of intensity, cardio work helps boost circulation and the number of red blood cells in the body, which in turn improves the use of oxygen. It strengthens the heart and muscles associated with the respiratory system, while reducing stress and improving one’s mood. In addition, cardio training helps prevent osteoporosis, increases stamina and improves athletic performance.

Low intensity aerobic activity can be used as active recovery from other training, and when done for a substantial period of time, burns fat directly as opposed to calories. Higher intensity cardio work burns more total calories and fat, and bolsters the metabolism.  

As you can see, in addition to helping you lose weight, cardio training will do wonders for your physical and emotional health. Get started as soon as you can!

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