So I made a visit to one our favorite sites- bodybuilding.com and I came across another article that explains the benefits of cardio, and I figured I would share it with you guys. Weight training definitely helps tone and shape your body, but cardio should never be left out of a workout plan. Aside from burning excess calories and fat there are so many other reasons to incorporate some form of cardio into your workout plan.
Here are the 5 benefits of cardio that are outlined in the article:
1. Improved heart Health
2. Increased Metabolism
3. Improved Hormonal Profile
4. Improved Recovery Ability
5. Management of Diabetes
I have definitely noticed that my body has changed since I have started lifting heavier but the scale has not been moving as quickly. So in order to get the scale to start moving I think it is time for me to hit the elliptical and treadmill again. Now that you know why it is so important to incorporate cardio in your workout you might be asking how much cardio you really need.
- The Answer: The American Heart Association recommends 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous intensity activity multiple times of the week. However, the amount of cardio one actually needs varies from person to person and depends on multiple factors such as: how many caloiries you eat, how hard you exercise, your metabolism, age and gender, your fitness level, your body fat percentage and weight, and your exercise schedule.
The bottom line is that cardio WILL help you lose weight. But it is most effective when it is combined with strength training along with a healthy and well-balanced diet. This does not mean that you can hop on a treadmill and the weight will just fall off, you have to make sure that you are still eating well and getting enough rest.
I hope this was as beneficial as my Benefits of Weight Lifting Post. Thanks so much for reading and as always stay Fab <3.