Cardio fitness (or cardiovascular fitness) is one way you can increase your overall level of health.
It is the measurement of how well your heart, blood cells and lungs are able to supply oxygen to the rest of your body. This oxygen is used by the body for energy to move.
At the Y, we believe that being healthy is important for a happy, well-rounded life. That’s why we support all people seeking a healthier lifestyle and greater well-being. Which, includes increasing your overall cardiovascular fitness.
How do you improve cardio fitness
By developing and sticking to a cardio exercises program (also known as aerobic exercise), you begin strengthening your body’s ability to move oxygenated blood through your body.
According to the Mayo Clinic, you need at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of both.
Cardio exercise is good for anyone, at any age. At the Y, anyone who wants to boos their cardiovascular health is welcome.
Benefits of improved cardio fitness
Cardio exercises improves your cardio fitness, which in turn helps you be a stronger, healthier you.
Some of the benefits of regular exercise to improve cardio fitness include:
Reach and maintain your healthy weight
Aerobic exercise will help you boost your metabolism. It will not only help you lose weight, it will also help you keep the weight over if you perform it regularly.
Prevent disease and health conditions
Aerobic exercise is proven to lessen your risk of developing serious health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, and some forms of cancer.
Improved heart strength
A stronger heart is more efficient at pumping blood through your body. Cardiovascular exercise will help it become stronger.
A stronger body means stronger defenses. Research suggests that regular cardio exercises may help you fight off viral illnesses.
Improve your mood
Increased cardio fitness may reduce stress, help you relax and improve your overall feeling of well-being.
Keep your mind strong
It is believed that regular aerobic exercise by older adults will help reduce cognitive decline.
Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly have improved sleep patterns, which leads to better overall health.
Enjoy a longer life
It has been proven that people who regularly perform cardio exercises enjoy a longer life than those who don’t.
Whether you’re just starting out or want to increase your level of fitness, we have classes that are fun and exciting. Your Y also has personal training services to help you create the right cardio workout for your fitness level and experience.
Regardless of how you choose to exercise, you’ll find the support you need.
If you are looking to start or increase the amount of aerobic exercise you perform, your Knoxville Y is here to support you and help you reach your goals.
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