So what's all the fuss about cardiovascular exercise? Sure it can help you lose those unwanted pounds but have you ever thought of the real heart benefits? As we age, our arteries become less pliable and can be a contributing factor for high blood pressure. One of the best ways to deliver oxygenated blood to our muscles is through brief, intense cardiovascular exercise.
Interval or high level intensity training are gaining popularity amongst the "average Joe's and Jane's" of the world. This training causes the heart to work extra hard for a specified time and then recover briefly. This bout of higher intensity exercise is just what you need to take your workouts from a walk in the park workout to a to heart intense workout. So the next time you need a reason to work your butt and heart out just remember these 3 things:
1. Your body needs a "jolt," or "kick-in-the-pants" every now and then. If you don't push yourself harder, you won't reap the benefits your heart needs to get healthier.
2. If you're struggling with a weight-loss plateau, it's often the result of your body adjusting to the same workouts. If you've been walking on the treadmill at the same pace and incline (forever), you're not working hard enough.
3. You have to experience the EPOC! I know that may sound a little scary but it's exactly what your heart needs. Excess post-exercise oxygen consumption can do wonders for your heart and overall fitness level. If you're not doing it, you're missing out on some major heart benefits. Dr. Len Kravitz co-authored an article on EPOC which is a must read.
Be sure to read my next post on practical workouts that are calorie torching and heart healthy. Next time you start that exercise regimen, be sure you work your heart HARD!