Cardio Training – What is It?

 

What is cardio training? Well, cardio stands for cardiovascular, which mainly involves our heart. Our heart is a muscle and needs to be worked out just like any other muscle so that it will stay strong. Our heart is responsible for pumping blood, which carries oxygen and other things to the rest of our body. Without this oxygen, our bodies can’t produce the needed energy to make our bodies move.

Anything that raises your resting heart rate can be considered a form of cardio training. Your resting heart rate is defined as simply the number of times your heart beats in a one minute period. Walking, running, swimming, and bicycling are all examples of cardio training.

Cardio training is important for a number of reasons. As mentioned before, it strengthens your heart.  When your heart is strong, it functions more efficiently.  Cardio training also strengthens your lungs since your heart and lungs work together to provide your muscles with the needed oxygen. Cardio workouts also help you burn calories and boost your metabolism. All of these are positive benefits to cardio training.

Cardio training can vary from something very low impact and low intensity to high impact and high intensity. Low impact workouts are easier on your joints and great for beginners. An example of a low impact workout would be a walk at a slow to moderate pace. Running and sprinting are examples of higher impact workouts. The higher the intensity the workout the more calories you will burn.

The fun thing about cardio training is the variety. You can constantly change up your cardio workouts to avoid boredom. It is also a great opportunity to spend some time with a close friend, spouse, or a child. I have found that walking with a friend is a great time to visit and catch up. It also seems to make the workout go quicker! That’s always a good thing.