The Benefits Of Cardio

Did you know that there is one thing that can help you keep up with your kids? You know those times at the park when they want you to play tag or chase them for no reason?

If you feel like you are about to pass out after running and are short of breath you need some cardio in your life! There are so many health benefits, and you don’t need a gym to get it done.

Some of the multiple benefits of cardio:

  • It helps you burn fat and calories for weight loss.
  • It makes your heart strong so that it doesn’t have to work as hard to pump blood.
  • It increases your lung capacity.
  • It helps reduce your risk of heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.
  • It makes you feel good, and can even provide temporary relief from depression and anxiety.
  • It helps you sleep better.
  • It helps reduce stress.
  • It improves your sex life.
  • It gives you more confidence in how you look and feel.

Weight-bearing cardio exercise helps increase your bone density. It allows you to set a good example for your family. The great thing about cardio is that you don’t have to work out for an hour at a high-intensity to get the benefits. Even a little goes a long way. A 15-minute walk outside can improve your endurance.

Check out these simple exercises to get you started!

Cardio Series Warm Up

Cardio Series Exercises

Make sure to lift your knees as high as you can engaging the core.

Start on a squat position then step to the left maintaining the squat. You can pause in the middle standing straight then back in the squat and go right. Make it a Simon says game with your kids for 40 seconds.

Start seated on the floor curve back engage the core bend knees fee planted and alternate punches right and left.

Row to the side position, engage the core hands together as if rowing a boat. Bend knees and behind your toes, other leg should be straight.

Lift your knees and opposite hand engaging your core always.

Front lunch and alternate punches with opposite hand.
Jump rope take deep breath as you jump.

Start on plank position, then stand-up lifting your arms and heels, repeating for 40 seconds.

Start on bear position lift your knees 2 inches from the floor and down. Next move forward and backwards with your hands keeping straight arms and keep your hips from moving. Then lift your knees and repeat again.

Run in place with high knees then alternate between running and kicking in direction to your glutes.

What other cardio routines do you enjoy doing?

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