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Benefits Of Cardio

The general term cardiovascular exercise encompasses a large number of activities of varying levels of intensity, including running, cycling, swimming, jump roping, rowing, tennis, kickboxing, football, soccer, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, Stairmaster, elliptical cross-training, and even walking, along with many more.

The definition of a cardiovascular activity is one that makes the heart and lungs work harder, thereby pumping oxygenated blood throughout the body and the brain faster.

Physical benefits of cardiovascular exercise include

  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Improved muscle mass
  • Improved heart and lung function
  • Reduced risk of osteoporosis
  • Improved blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels
  • Increased metabolism, meaning that your body continues to burn calories when you're not moving
  • Enhanced mood due to the release of feel-good hormones
  • Improved ability to manage diabetes
  • Better sleep

And, of course, cardio exercise burns calories.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity 4-6 days a week.

As noted in the section on Benefits of Exercise, by helping your heart to pump blood more efficiently, regular physical activity delivers oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and aids in sending more oxygen to the brain, leading to greater alertness, boosted energy, and enhanced overall well-being.

*Disclaimer: Results are typical but not guaranteed. Your actual results may vary. Real CalMWM patients shown with permission.

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