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Why Cardio, WHY?!

Why Cardio, WHY?!

Courtney Cronin

In honor of Heart Health Month we are putting the spotlight on a 6 letter word that often yields a groan.

CARDIO-OHHHHH!

(ok, 12 letters and some excitement)

As we mentioned in the last post, general movement and activity is THE most important thing you can do for your heart.  Now we're going to zero in on that movement and tell ya why "structured" cardiovascular activity is encouraged and how to avoid those groans when you think of it.

We could go Bill Nye and give you the scientific breakdown of cardiovascular exercise and how it relates to an improved ticker but let's keep it simple:  

When you intentionally make your heart work harder than it's normal, everyday obligations, you are strengthening it's capabilities.  

Now, there are a lot of times when the heart is forced to work harder than normal- think clogged arteries, high blood pressure, that overweight man breathing heavily climbing stairs, etc.  The difference is that those situations are consequential not intentional.

Intentionally asking the heart to pump a little harder i.e. exercise, prevents the consequential.

So we know it's good for you, now how do we make it great for you?

By choosing activities you ENJOY.

Look, asking the heart to work harder is not always innately awesome.  It can kinda, ya know, hurt.  But we can use our craniums and recognize that there are SO many activities that get the heart bumpin' that are FUN:

  • hiking
  • cycling
  • running
  • snow shoeing 
  • soccer
  • jump rope
  • cross country skiing
  • basketball
  • boot camp circuits
  • etc. etc. etc.

Holy moly!  So many opportunities to have a blast whilst getting that ticker stronger.  The trick is to find what you like, find what you will want to do and do it.

Think this "enjoying cardio" stuff is bologna or simply not sure where to get started?  Let us help you out!