Cardiovascular workouts have numerous benefits, a few of which I’ll take the time to list below.
- Improves heart health: Cardiovascular exercise lowers bad cholesterol (LDL), raises good cholesterol (HDL), strengthens lungs, and improves blood flow.
- Reduces risk for chronic diseases: including diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
- Boosts mood: Research shows that the brain releases serotonin during exercise, a natural chemical that makes you feel happy. The physical benefits from exercise can also boost self-esteem, which in turn also improves mood.
- Improves physique: Of course, cardiovascular exercise can ultimately lead to weight loss if done frequently enough and accompanied by a healthy diet.
- Enhances intelligence: During cardiovascular activity, more blood is also being pumped to the brain. Research shows this increased blood flow allows the brain to operate at it’s maximum efficiency, and may possibly lead to structural changes over time. This improves memory, problem solving, and decision making skills.
I labeled this workout “Coordinated Cardio” because….well…it requires coordination! There are four choreographed routines that will keep you moving the whole time. Some are inspired by Kelly Coffey Meyer. I typically do this type of cardio routine in the first 15-20 minutes of my Sculpt classes to get moving and burn some calories before toning. There is squatting and jumping involved, so if you have bad knees or shin problems you can stay up higher on your squats and take the impact out of the jumping. The most important thing is that you keep moving!