Monday, September 27, 2010

Benefits of aerobic/cardiovascular training

A lot of people do not know that aerobic activities can benefit big time. It’s the case with many gym goers too. Not all individuals know that Cardiovascular/Aerobic training not only helps in losing all that fat from the body but it also has various other benefits. I have listed a few benefits below.

Reduction in blood pressure
Regular cardiovascular/aerobic training helps in controlling blood pressure. Those with BP problems will greatly benefit by engaging in aerobic activity.

Increased HDL cholesterol
High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Cholesterol is also known as good cholesterol. The higher the level of HDL in an individual the better it is to help reduce Low density Lipoprotein (LDL) which is also known as bad cholesterol. Those including aerobic activities in their exercise routines on regular basis have an increased level of HDL Cholesterol.

Decreased total cholesterol
The desirable level of blood cholesterol should be less than 200 mg/dl. Blood cholesterol level of 200-239 mg/dl is borderline high and 240 mg/dl or greater is High Blood cholesterol. Elevated total cholesterol (>200 mg/dl) and/or low HDL cholesterol (<40 mg/dl) is one of the risk factor for Heart Disease. Engaging in aerobic/cardiovascular activities reduces the total blood cholesterol.

Decreased body fat stores
Body fat is body’s primary reserve of stored energy. When a person engages in an aerobic activity like jogging it utilizes the fats that are stored, for the energy required to jog. In this manner the excess body fat stores are decreased resulting in a leaner body.

Decreased resting heat rate
Cardiovascular training not only burns a lot of calories but it also makes your heart stronger and when your heart is stronger, the heart doesn’t have to work hard to pump blood. Individuals who engage in cardiovascular training have a decreased resting heart rate.  

Those are some of the benefits of aerobic/cardiovascular training. As a professional and a concerned personal trainer, I always encourage individuals to perform aerobic training atleast three times a week. Your personal trainer will be able to design an exercise program; duration, intensity, frequency based on your current fitness level.

Stay Healthy!

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