BENEFITS OF CARDIO
Experts recommend getting at least 150 minutes of moderate cardio exercise, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. Brisk walking or swimming are examples of moderate activity. Running or cycling are a couple of examples of vigorous activity.
Why is cardio recommended? Read on to learn about the benefits.
Cardio is recommended by the Australian Heart Association and by most doctors to people with, or at risk for, heart disease. That’s because exercise strengthens your heart and helps it more efficiently pump blood throughout the body.
Cardiovascular exercise can also help lower blood pressure, and keep your arteries clear by raising “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and lowering “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels in the blood.
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces asthma symptoms
- Reduces chronic pain
- Aids sleep
- Strengthens immune system
- Regulates weight
- Improves brain power
- Boosts mood