What is Cardiovascular Fitness?
Cardiovascular fitness is often called aerobic exercise. There are two factors that distinguish cardiovascular fitness from other types of exercise.
- Cardiovascular fitness enhances the ability of the heart and lungs to supply oxygen-rich blood to the working muscles.
- Cardiovascular fitness enhances the muscle’s ability to use this oxygen to supply adequate energy for movement.
What activities Enhance Cardiovascular Fitness?
Aerobic Exercise can enhance cardiovascular Fitness. The word aerobic exercise defines any type of rhythmic, continuous activity that involves the simultaneous use of multiple large muscle groups. Aerobic activities challenge the heart and lungs, thereby causing them to work harder than at rest. When performing cardiovascular fitness activities, your pulse must be in a target heart range, which is usually calculated by subtracting your age from the number 220 and then calculating 60 to 85 percent of that number.
Why is Cardiovascular Fitness Important?
The primary importance of cardiovascular fitness becomes evident when you look at its definition. Any type of activity that will supply oxygen to the muscles will increase energy levels as well as make your body more functional and efficient. This is just one of the many benefits of cardiovascular fitness.
Aerobic Exercise and Weight Loss
Despite the many false claims about spot reduction, the only way to get a smaller stomach and slimmer thighs is to reduce the intake of dietary fat and burn excess fat through aerobic exercise. Keep in mind that it takes a reduction of 3500 calories to lose one pound of body fat. They now suggest that 30 minutes to one hour activity of cardiovascular activity be performed on most days of the week. Fortunately, your body continues to burn calories at an accelerated pace for up to two hours after aerobic activity.
Other Benefits of Cardiovascular Fitness
In general, people with a high level of cardiovascular fitness have lower blood pressure, low levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol and high levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol. They have more stamina and energy, and the endorphins, which are secreted during aerobic exercise improve their mood. In most cases, people who frequently participate in cardiovascular fitness programs have a lower resting pulse, which makes them feel calmer when at rest.
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