“Cardio” for Heart Health

Cardio-respiratory endurance is at the “heart” of the most positive and dramatic effects of physical activity and fitness on overall health and wellness. Exercising to make your heart stronger allows it to pump more blood (and thus, oxygen) and to more efficiently burn fat for energy.

Cardio activities can also help improve blood cholesterol, reduce body fat, and increase energy. The results are improved heart health and an overall sense of wellness and well-being, both physically and mentally.

And while exercise won’t reverse the aging process, many researchers believe that aspects sometimes referred to as a normal part of the aging process are in fact due more to inactivity than aging.

Cardio for heart health

So get moving, and pay attention to your heart rate. Experts advise sedentary folks to start out slow with activities like walking or swimming. Once a routine is established, you can start to increase intensity (brisk walking or biking) so that you optimize your cadio experience.

Remember, though: it’s always wise to consult your physician before initiating a new exercise program. Make sure you’re healthy enough for the type of activity you’re planning as you get on the road to better cardio health.

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