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Cardio - Is It Necessary For Maximum Results?

Little do people realise that depending on how fit your are can also contribute toy your success/failure rate in the gym.

So how does one improve their cardio vascular fitness?

With high intensity exercise of course!

That is both high intensity weight training and high intensity aerobic activity.

Generally, when people try to lose unwanted bodyweight they take an easy approach with their cardio, trying to keep their heart rates low to get into the 'fat burning zone' - what bunk! By doing so we miss out of the vital cardio vascular benefit. We all know by now that high intensity cardio is the best way to combat unwanted body-fat, so you get to kill 2 birds with the one stone. There are a lot more benefits to having a high cardio vascular fitness level then simply being able to run around the block without blowing out of steam. Here are a quick 5 to help get you motivated:

  • You'll live longer. According to new research, physical fitness is the most important determinant of mortality, even more important than blood pressure or cholesterol levels and use of tobacco!

  • It also appears that in addition to promoting a longer life, intense exercise also reduces the risk of diseases such as cancer. In a recent British study, it showed that men who exercised intensely at least three times a week showed a 24% reduction in the risk of all types of cancer!

  • The fitter you are, the more efficient the body becomes in its physiological functions on a day to day basis.

  • A fitter person is more resistant to common ailments such as colds and flu's.

  • Increased fitness speeds up the body's metabolism, reducing the chance of storing excess calories as body fat.

So as you can see, there is no point to having the body of a Greek God is you have the health of a sick Goldfish. Make having a high level of Cardio Vascular fitness a priority in your fitness endeavours, and you will truly reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

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