Our bodies were made to move, and doing cardiovascular exercise satisfies that need and the result is a healthier body and a better quality of life. You can measure your cardiovascular intensity and progression with a heart rate monitor. The goal of cardiovascular fitness is to improve the efficiency of your heart so you can work hard without placing undo stress on the heart and improve your quality of life. Here are a few of the effects of cardiovascular conditioning and a provided list of associated benefits.
Anaerobic Threshold is the level at which the muscles produce more lactic acid than the body can remove. Lactic acid is the burning sensation you get when you are working hard and the pain causes you to stop the activity. Cardiovascular exercise, and specifically interval training, can raise your anaerobic threshold so you can work harder for a longer period of time and recover faster.
VO2 max is maximum oxygen uptake, the maximum amount of oxygen your body is equipped to handle in a specific time frame and is dependant upon cardiac output, lung capacity and the ability of the muscle cells to extract oxygen from the blood. All of these factors will improve with cardiovascular conditioning making it easier to perform everyday activities without getting tired or performing in sports and athletic events at a higher level.
Cardiac Output is the amount of blood pumped by the heart per minute. The increase in stroke volume allows for the heart to pump more oxygenated blood through the body and to the muscles with less beats per minute, therefore improving the efficiency of your cardiovascular system and allowing you to work harder and longer without stopping.
Other benefits of cardiovascular conditioning include…
• Improved blood cholesterol levels
• Reduced risk of heart disease
• Weight loss
• Improved sleep
• More energy during the day
• Reduced stress
• A more toned body
Since our bodies were designed to move, we should be moving them everyday. This could be in the form of cardiovascular or resistance exercise, or just fun leisure activities. You can find further reading on specific cardiovascular training at Live Lean Today that will teach you how to get into great shape and lose weight. With so many benefits of cardiovascular conditioning, it should be an easy decision to begin getting into shape and improve your quality of life.