Cardiovascular exercise literally means exercise which benefits the cardiovascular system, but there are several kinds of benefits:
- Increase body and muscle temperature and blood flow to working muscles
- Warm up joints (some of them, caution should be taken to warm the particular joint to be used in resistance training)
- Helps to burn calories
- Improves the body’s immune system
- Helps pulmonary function efficiency
- Gradually increases the load on the heart, which helps prevent abnormal cardiac rhythms
Continuation of article about cardiovascular training
Cardiovascular is any exercise which benefits the heart and the blood vessels through sustained use. This means that it raises the heart rate, causing blood to circulate more quickly around the body and deliver more oxygen to the muscles. But not all forms of cardio are Aerobic. To be aerobic, an exercise must simply be continuous (generally for at least 15-20 minutes), rhythmical and involve the larger muscles of your body. This results in oxygen being used to predominantly break down fat for fuel, making aerobic exercise a more effective fat-burner than weight resistance alone.
Common questions about cardiovascular training
When and How Often?
Cardiovascular exercise should be done 3 to 6 times per week. If you are working out less than three times per week your training will likely not produce the results you want. On the other hand, if you training more the six times per week you will likely be overtraining, which can actually decrease the effectiveness of your exercise. For the best results, each cardiovascular workout should last between 30 to 45 minutes.
It is not true that doing cardiovascular exercise in the morning on an empty stomach is the most effective way to burn fat for fuel. In fact, that is a good formula for passing out due to extremely low blood sugar levels. Make sure you eat about 45 to 60 minutes prior to your workout. Otherwise, it does not matter to your body what time of day you exercise
Burning excess fat is likely the primary reason many people take up some type of cardiovascular training, and it is certainly a very good reason. Many people simply have too much fat on their bodies to look good or to maintain a healthy existence. In order to shed the fat you will need to exercise relatively vigorously.
Interval training has proven to be a very effective means of burning fat in a short period of time. It usually works much better than long bouts of exercise that are low to moderate in intensity. This type of training involves short, intense bursts of exercise interspersed with periods of less intense exercise.