Alright, so I said exercise is important in helping to reduce non-communicable diseases. One of those right up there at the top of the list is heart disease. Since it was number 1 on my Top 10 Reasons Why Exercise Is Important, I thought it would be a great place to start with our discussion this month on the exercise. Let’s get right into it…
Before we get started ….
Did you get your fitness journal ordered?
Remember what I’ve said before … A goal not written down is just a wish! Write down your goals and keep track of your fitness progress. It will get you to those goals a lot faster than you think. Even if it takes a little moment to write down your progress! Here are the journals I recommend for your fitness tracking:
Here we go … Cardio…
You either love it or you hate it. There doesn’t seem to be much in between for this type of exercise. Personally, it’s not my favorite thing to to do so I have to make sure I MAKE time to get it done. Why? Because it’s important for my heart health! It’s also important for my lung health, liver health, brain health, and more! So, even though I don’t like doing it, I make sure it’s done every week!
Do I do cardio every day?
It depends. I know … Simple answer but it’s the truth. Unless I’m working with you privately one-on-one I don’t know your specific situation. I’ve never ever, ever been the type of medical professional to do the same cookie cutter program for everyone. It’s doesn’t work! So, if you’re getting a cookie cutter program from someone else, then sign up with me for my private coaching when I have spots available to get your specific program built for you.
Let’s get back to it… Cardio… Why is it important?
Cardiovascular exercise, when done properly, puts your body in an aerobic state. This means your heart is beating faster, you are moving your muscles more, and your blood vessels are widening to allow more oxygen to flow to the muscles (this also allows for more waste and toxins to be pulled away from the muscles). As your body adapts to the aerobic exercise, you will become stronger, both inside and out.
Here are my Top Reasons Aerobic Exercise Is Important.
- Aerobic exercise helps to ward off non-communicable diseases such as heart failure, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, and some cancers.
- Combined with a healthy diet, aerobic exercise will help achieve and maintain a healthy weight.
- Regular aerobic exercise will increase your stamina which helps combat fatigue.
- Aerobic exercise strengthens your immune system which will help you fight off bacterial and viral infections that you may come in contact with.
- Aerobic exercise helps to reduce blood pressure and control blood sugars which means it will help to manage these chronic conditions and even reduce them in some of the research.
- Aerobic exercise improves mood by releasing endorphins that help combat against depression and anxiety.
- Aerobic exercise helps to keep your arteries clear by reducing your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad” cholesterol, which results in less build up of plaque in your arteries.
- Aerobic exercise has been linked to improved brain function.
- Aerobic exercise helps your muscles stay strong as you age, helping you maintain your independence for longer in life.
- Studies show that people who do aerobic exercise live longer than those who do not.
Examples Of Aerobic Exercise:
- Rowing (this is hands-down my favorite aerobic exercise!)
- Here is an excellent rower to add to your home gym! This is the same one I use on a weekly basis. I love how simple it is to use and I record my numbers each time so I can track my performance.
Here’s a great tool you can use to help keep track of your aerobic performance. I’m a firm believer that if you don’t track it, then you can’t achieve any goal you’re going after!
How Long Should You Do Aerobic Exercise For?
This, again, depends on you individually. It depends on your current fitness level. It depends on your goals. It depends on your health. So, it depends.
Personally, I do about 30-45 minutes on average, sometimes less time but higher intensity and other times longer time with lower intensity. It all depends on what my goal is for the week and how I’m progressing with my program.
Your program will depend on you. If you’re serious about making a change in your fitness plan, then check out my private coaching programs. Together, we will get you started on your own personal plan!
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Have an Abundantly Healthy day!
Dr. Cori Campbell
Your Holistic Health Coach