4 Reasons You Need to Be Doing Cardio

4 Reasons You Need to Be Doing Cardio

Cardio is one of the most feared words in the strength and conditioning world. It’s difficult, sometimes it can be tedious, and if you’re doing it right, can make you feel sick when you’re done. So why would anyone actually WANT to add cardio training to their regular workout routine? We’re glad you asked, and we’ll give you 4 reasons why you should want to start doing cardio work in addition to your normal workouts. 1. Doing Cardio Strengthens Your Heart This benefit may seem obvious but that doesn’t make it any less important. In a country where 1 in every 4 deaths is attributed to heart disease, making sure you have a healthy heart should be a priority. While cardio on its own won’t prevent heart disease entirely (Healthy eating habits and abstaining from tobacco use are factors that can help as well), it can go a long way in reducing the risk of it. Like your biceps, the heart is a muscle that will get stronger the more often and harder you challenge it. Because your heart is responsible for pumping oxygen-carrying blood through your entire body, your endurance in other exercises will also increase. 2. Doing Cardio Boosts Your Metabolism Your metabolism is essentially the body’s engine. The stronger the metabolism, the more fuel it needs to function well. A strong metabolism means you can eat more food before the body will store it as fat. Studies have shown that cardio exercise can boost your metabolism for up to 48 hours after your workout is finished. This phenomenon is referred to as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption...