Cardio Fitness Buying Guide
Cardio Fitness 101
Types of Cardio Machines
Cardio Equipment Buying Tips:
• Pick a model with the features you think you'll use the most
• If you have problem joints or chronic pain, consider lower impact equipment such as elliptical trainers
• Let your fitness goals help guide your equipment decisions
Key Benefits of Cardio Fitness
Heart Health +
Twenty-nine percent of all deaths in Canada are caused by cardiovascular disease. By doing cardiovascular exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, you’ll reduce your risk of heart disease, lower cholesterol levels, and help your heart. Remember, your heart is a muscle, and all muscles need exercise.
Increased Metabolism +
Cardio workouts increase not just your heart rate but also your metabolism. This means you will burn calories faster and your weight will be easier to manage over time.
Weight Management +
As you exercise more, you create more muscle mass, which displaces the stored fat in your body. With more muscle mass to contend with, your body has to burn a greater amount of energy simply to maintain itself. This coupled with an increased metabolism will help you lose weight and keep it off.
Energy and Stamina +
When starting a new exercise regime, you’ll feel slightly tired after your first few workouts. This fatigue is normal as your circulatory system, respiratory system and affected muscles must adjust to the new demands being put on them. As your body gets more efficient at processing oxygen and delivering it to your muscles, your exercise stamina will improve, and you'll have more energy throughout the day.
Mental Health +
Exercise increases the supply of oxygen and nutrients in your blood. This provides benefits not just to your muscles but also to your brain, allowing it to perform more efficiently. You should notice a variety of cognitive improvements, including better memory, problem solving and decision making.
Emotional Health +
Exercise also increases your bloodstream's levels of important chemicals such as norepinephrine that are associated with good emotional health. Through regular exercise, you'll help your body deal more effectively with stress-related issues, including anxiety, poor self-confidence, addiction and inability to relax. So get sweaty and get happy!
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Cardio Equipment Safety Tips:
• Give yourself enough headroom to use the equipment freely without crouching or worry of injury
• Keep yourself hydrated while working out
• Stop immediately if you feel dizzy or nauseous
• Remember to take time to cool down and stretch after every workout