Top 3 benefits of doing cardio (9 of 10)

Everyone knows that exercise is good for them but what does “good for you” mean? Exercise, specifically cardio has a number of benefits…

It keeps your heart in great condition – your heart is a 4 chambered muscular pump situated in your chest and its job is to pump oxygen rich blood around your body. Like all of your other muscles, your heart responds to exercise by getting stronger and better at doing its job. A strong, healthy heart is less susceptible to diseases like Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and heart attacks meaning that you may live a longer and more productive life if your heart is in good shape.

Hypertension or high blood pressure is often termed “the silent killer” as there are no outward symptoms. The only way to find out if you have high blood pressure is to get it checked by a medical professional. Exercise keeps our blood vessels in good shape and this has a very positive effect on our resting blood pressure. Exercise has been shown in trials to significantly lower blood pressure and reduce patient’s reliance on medication – some of which has some unpleasant side effects.

Obesity is one of the leading causes of illness in the western world and if far less prevalent in people who exercise. Cardio burns calories and if there is a dietary deficit, those calories will come from stored body fat. By reducing body fat levels, health is very likely to improve. Obesity is strongly linked to diabetes, strokes, depression, orthopaedic conditions and metabolic syndrome all of which have been successfully treated with exercise.

Exercise has many more benefits but just those 3 make every workout well worth while!

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