Cardiovascular exercises, also known as cardio, are characterized by their ability to raise the heart rate and breathing, thereby improving our endurance. They involve working large muscle groups simultaneously in a constant and repetitive manner.
Regularly doing cardio offers many health benefits:
- Increases energy and physical endurance.
- Reduces body fat percentage, strengthens muscles, boosts metabolism, and aids in weight loss.
- Helps control blood pressure by improving blood circulation throughout the body.
- Strengthens the immune system; an increased heart rate boosts the flow of white blood cells, which are responsible for fighting viruses and infections.
- Aids in controlling cholesterol levels and stabilizing blood sugar, thus helping to prevent cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, and diabetes.
- Improves sleep quality and assists in releasing stress and regulating anxiety.
You don't need extensive logistics to do cardio; running, dancing, climbing stairs, and doing squats are examples of cardiovascular exercises that can easily be done even at home.