We hear this word thrown around all the time. But really, what is cardio? Cardio is fitness slang for cardiovascular exercise. Any activity that increases your heart rate and respiration, while working large muscle groups, rhythmically and repetitively, is considered cardio. Walking, running, sex, gardening, cycling and playing is cardio activity. At Personal Trainer Seattle, we make it a point to discover what moves you. What do you enjoy doing? Whether you’re a reader, photographer or movie aficionado, we can devise a plan to get you moving. The key to getting and remaining fit is to do something you really enjoy.
The Benefits of Cardiovascular Exercise
Once your heart rate reaches a certain level, it goes into fat burning mode. Cardio is a wonderful way to burn fat and lose weight. Since muscle weighs more than fat, you will also, appear leaner too. We are not conscious of it, but our hearts never stop beating – unless you experience cardiac arrest. The heart is constantly circulating blood to every inch of our bodies. Cardio makes your heart stronger so it doesn’t have to work as hard. It is proven to reduce risks of heart attacks, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and certain cancers. Get relief from depression, anxiety and enjoy better sex with improved circulation and increased hormone levels.
Do What You Like
At personal Trainer Seattle, we develop cardio training programs that allow you to focus on what you enjoy. We’ve worked with sedentary photographers. By encouraging them to go on walking excursions, they were able to incorporate new ideas into their body of work. The success of your fitness program depends on the enjoyment level. Sheer willpower will only take you so far. Your personal trainer will discuss your likes and dislikes during the initial consultation. If she discovers that you have an aversion to a particular activity, it will not be included in the workout strategy.
How Long Should You Do It?
To be considered cardio, you must spend at least 10 minutes engaged in it. Walking to the kitchen is great, but if it doesn’t take you 10 minutes to get there, it’s not cardio. Going for a brisk walk around the block on your lunch break is cardio. Experts recommend that adults engage in cardio activity 3 times a week for at least 20 to 60 minutes. We will guide you through exercises on the elliptical, treadmill and row machine. The goal is to raise your heart rate and burn fat. Cardio exercises trigger the brain to shoot endorphins and hormones through the body that result in less anxiety, stress and a better outlook on life.
Indoor and Outdoor Activity
The beauty of cardio exercise is that it can be done nearly anywhere. It’s easy to go to the gym and get a good cardio workout. But what if you’re not a gym rat? Some clients don’t like the smell of the gym nor do they enjoy the unwanted attention. You may be a germaphobe that might prefer another alternative. Your personal trainer can come to your home. Let’s engage in a good cardio workout 3 times a week in your backyard. If you reside in a condo or apartment, your living room or neighborhood park would be just fine.