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Cardio and the Benefits of Daily Exercise

We’re about to state the obvious: exercise is so good for you. Whether you do cardio exercises like running or cycling, or flexibility workouts like yoga or Pilates, you can’t go wrong with daily exercise. If you’re exercising regularly, you’re not sedentary – and a sedentary lifestyle is a major risk factor for multiple diseases, including cardiovascular disease.

So, what makes daily exercise so good for you? And more specifically, why is cardio often considered the ideal form of exercise? Let’s get to the bottom of these questions.

First, let’s take a look at the multiple benefits of regular exercise, according to the journal Circulation from the American Heart Association:

  • Increase in exercise tolerance

  • Reduction in body weight

  • Reduction in blood pressure

  • Reduction in bad (LDL) cholesterol levels

  • Increase in good (HDL) cholesterol levels

  • Increase in insulin sensitivity

  • Improvements in muscular function and strength

  • Improvement in the body’s ability to take in and use oxygen

  • And more

Now, what about cardio?

What’s so great about this specific type of exercise?

According to the Cleveland Center, cardio is the only exercise that will lower your risk of heart disease. There is no magic medication for this. That makes it an essential form of exercise for your daily routine. And cardio doesn’t just mean running – it can also include swimming, cycling, hiking, or even using the elliptical.

While cardio is ideal for heart health, the American Heart Association recommends at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity five times per week. And when they say “physical activity”, they’re talking about anything that makes you move your body and burn calories. That means it can include non-cardio activities like climbing stairs, resistance training or weight lifting, too – even though cardio exercises are the most effective.

The important thing to remember about cardio is to take it slow. If you feel pain, stop and let your body recover. Visit a GoHealth Urgent Care center nearest you if you think you may have injured yourself while exercising. Try using the handy location widget below! 

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