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Fit Friday: To Do or Not to Do Cardio?

Nike trainer Deanne Jefferson shares tips for running during warm weather.
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Whether you like it or not, cardiovascular fitness is extremely important when it comes to our overall physical health.  Your cardiovascular endurance determines how strong your heart is. The greater your cardiovascular endurance, the stronger your heart.

When getting healthy, it’s important to remember the heart is the most important muscle in your body. It is also responsible for the oxygen flow to your muscle. If you have  great cardiovascular endurance then you will have a greater performance in the gym. By performing well in the gym, you will shed more weight, tone your body, and build muscle.

I’ve met more clients that despise cardio more than any other form of exercise, and personally, I’m not a fan of cardio that requires more than 15-20 minutes of my time. Instead, I prefer cardio with high intensity in less time. The main reason I practice this form of cardio is because my goal is to sustain weight and tone. Great forms of this kind of cardio are the stair master, kick boxing and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).

If you are looking to lose a substantial amount of weight then it’s important to engage in 1-3 hours of cardio a week, which can be broken down to 25-30 minutes of cardio a day. You can jog, steady jump rope, and/or do aerobics.

Overall, our body needs cardio more than we’d like to admit. Make sure you choose the appropriate cardio exercise to fulfill your health and fitness goal.