Cardio: The Good, The Bad, & the Ugly

Cardio: The Good, The Bad, & the Ugly

Cardio…….

The one aspect of fitness that everyone hates when it comes to getting in shape. Most gym goers don’t do cardio and claim that, “Lifting weights is my cardio.” Well this isn’t the truth. People who make this claim are just too lazy to do cardio and make up this false statement.

I figured it would be beneficial to organize the good (pros of cardio), the bad (cons of cardio), and the ugly (wake-up calls) about cardio!

 

The Good

 

  • The best part about cardio are the health benefits that come along with it. For example, people with high blood pressure can easily lower it by doing some sort of daily cardio. I can attest to this. Since I began running this past year, my blood pressure has dropped and is in an extremely healthy state.
  • Cardio will allow you to control your weight. Without it, you are relying on nutrition alone which can be difficult.
  • Cardio will increase your metabolism (which relates to controlling your weight). This increase in metabolism will allow you to eat more calories and prevent you from starving yourself to reach your goals.
  • Cardio is extremely healthy for the brain and studies have proven this. Remove cardio for a week and see how you function at school or work. I promise you will notice a difference in your thinking capacity!
  • Cardio provides you with more energy levels. Once again, science backs this. As stated previously, try this out to prove it to yourself!
  • Cardio will naturally increase your flexibility (especially from running). Most people, whether in school or work, sit down 24/7. Cardio forces blood flow throughout your body which will loosen up sore or aching muscles.
  • Lastly, cardio relieves tons of stress, anxiety, and depression. I find that a good cardio session after a rough day of work always clears my mind.

 

The Bad

 

  • The worst aspect of cardio is the higher risk of injury. Now you can get hurt from just about doing anything in life, but cardio puts repetitive stress on your body. Beginners need to start out slow for your body to adjust (walking before running, etc.). Running constantly puts me in a battle with shin splints and tweaking my bad ankles is always a possibility.
  • Most people tend to workout at night. People have stated that late night cardio sessions have caused them to become restless. If this is the case for you, I’d advise you to do your cardio sessions in the morning or earlier in the day.
  • One issue I had for a while was the massive increase in appetite. Sometimes it gets to a point where the added cardio is making you so hungry that you overeat (common in the beginning of incorporating cardio into your life). Give this some time, your body and mindset will adjust.

 

The Ugly

 

  • Let’s get this clear: cardio will make you sweat, period. There is no way around it (even if you workout when its freezing cold).
  • Effective cardio is hard. Like everything in life, most things that you want aren’t easy to obtain. It takes dedicated work.
  • Like stated previously in the beginning of the post, lifting weights isn’t cardio nor does it burn more calories than cardio. Not now and not ever. Your heart rate while lifting weights is not high enough to be considered cardio!
  • Fun fact: if you can hold a full conversation with someone while doing cardio, it’s not cardio. Use this tool to measure how intense your cardio should be.

 

Now let’s incorporate some cardio into 2018! Like everything else related to fitness, consistency is key. Once you see results and feel better, you will be hooked! Upcoming posts will relate more to my favorite styles of cardio: running and the stair master! Don’t forget to comment, like, share, and subscribe!

 

“Sweat. Smile. Repeat.”

 

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