Exercise Better- Cardio

Cardio- the breakdown

Check out the exercise breakdown. What do you know about cardio? There may be some terms that you come across while you’re getting your fitness on. We’re gonna provide the breakdown so that you can get the most out of the workout.

Last week we talked about how changing up your cardio training can help with muscle confusion. What is cardio? Cardio is defined as any type of exercise that gets your heart rate up and keeps it up for a prolonged period of time. According to Healthline, the physical and mental benefits of this type of exercise are seemingly endless.

Consistent cardio can help you:
  • Manage your weight: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say there’s extensive scientific evidence that 150 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio per week will help you maintain your weight over time.
  • Ward off heart disease: Research has shown that getting your heart rate up with regular cardio exercises can help prevent cardiovascular disease.
  • Mood improvement: It’s probably no surprise to you, but research supports the role that cardio exercise plays in improving your mood and increasing your happiness. Cardio ups the production of those feel-good painkillers called endorphins.
  • Live longer: The Mayo Clinic suggests that people who regularly perform cardio exercise will live longer.


Some forms of cardio that you may be thinking of are running, swimming, or dancing.  All of these are great but you can also try jump roping, trampoline-ing, or even hula hooping.

Hopefully, this breakdown of cardio helped out a little. Remember, before undergoing any workout consult your physician for advice. Until the next exercise better!

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