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5 Benefits of Cardio that you DON’T Know

Cardio Respiratory training increases the effectiveness and efficiency of the circulatory (heart, blood, arteries and veins) and respiratory (lungs) systems to supply oxygen to skeletal muscles during sustained physical activity (such as a 45 minute group session).

Why is this good?

  1. Increased heart size and volume leads to a decrease resting heart rate and blood pressure, your heart doesn’t have to work as hard as it used to.
  2. Increased blood volume, allowing more oxygen to be transported to working muscles, delaying fatigue and perception of effort.
  3. Increased lung volume, making breathing easier

Other Benefits

  1. Increased strength of connective tissues
  2. Increased High Density Lipoprotein (HDL- GOOD CHOLESTEROL) removes bad cholesterols (Low Density Lipoprotein LDL and Very Low Density Lipoprotein VLDL).

Final Thoughts

The harder and more often you train, the sooner these adaptations will take place. A good indicator of how hard you are training is the ‘Talk Test’.

Can you carry on a conversation with your exercise partner?

Yes ->Moderate intensity exercise

Can you only talk in short phrases, or not at all?

Yes ->High intensity exercise
“It doesn’t get easier, you just get better.”

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