- Coach Jade (Personal Trainer)

The importance of cardiovascular exercise

The first thing that comes to mind when cardiovascular exercises are mentioned, is long, boring treadmill jogs on the treadmill. This is not the case anymore. Gone are the days when getting onto a static cycle for hours is the only way to improve your cardiovascular endurance. Here are a few answered questions that will explain what the benefits of cardiovascular exercises are and how you can make it a little bit more enjoyable.

What is cardiovascular exercise?

Cardiovascular exercises are aimed at improving the efficiency of the heart. It also strengthens the muscles facilitating the flow of air in and out of the lungs.

Why is it so important?

It has many health benefits such as improving the functions of the heart, reducing blood pressure, reducing the risk for diabetes and promotes weight loss.

What are the different types of cardiovascular?

There are endless different types of cardiovascular activities that can be done. Some people enjoy training on their own so maybe jogging, cycling, swimming could benefit them more. However, some people prefer training in groups so classes will be a better option for them. Classes such as cardio kickboxing, Zumba, HIIT classes, circuit training and bootcamps are normally on the top of the list when it comes to classes.

How can I add cardiovascular exercises into my training regime?

This all depends on your goals. If you are a beginner looking at burning calories, then you might want to think of doing some low intensity cardiovascular exercises such as incline walking on the treadmill or a light cycle for as long as possible. As your fitness level increases you can start thinking of progressing this to body weighted circuit training or even weighted circuit training. If your goal is to improve your overall fitness by doing some fun activities then classes such as cardio kickboxing and Zumba might be a good option for you. Different goals require different movements.

In conclusion, there is a place in everyone’s training program for cardiovascular movements irrespective of what your goals are. Getting onto the treadmill does not always have to be the first option. Look at our timetable, enjoy the classes and experience the variety of cardiovascular movements that can be done. The health benefits of this can be life changing