Run For Your Life: The 5 Best Reasons Why You Need to Do Cardio Now

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Cardio Strengthens the Most Important Muscle in Your Body Which is…
…the heart. It works 24 hours a day to deliver oxygenated blood to every organ in your body on demand. Keeping your heart healthy is a priority to living a long and healthy life. Cardio is a set of low intensity exercises that you do for sustained periods improve heart function.

A Hospital Gown or a Pair of Running Shoes: Which is Cheaper?

We all know heart health is key to a long life with our loved ones, but we sure don’t act like it. According to the CDC, heart diseases kill about 600,000 Americans every year (that’s 25% of all deaths). All forms of heart disease, the most common being coronary artery disease, are the result of a combination of genetics, sex, and lifestyle choices. Cardio is a lifestyle change you can make that outweighs the two other factors.

The estimated annual cost for heart disease (medical expenses, drugs, time off work, etcetera) is 448.5 billion dollars. The best insurance for heart disease is a good diet and exercise routine with 45 minutes of cardio several times a week. Remember: Running shoes are cheaper than a hospital gown.

The 5 Best Reasons To Do Cardio:

  • Less Stress: Exercise triggers the release of several key neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. Once released, these chemicals induce optimism and increase your memory and focus.
  • Heart Health: Over time increasing your heart rate will make it accustomed to the exertion. This increase in cardiac output will increase your stamina reducing recovery time if you weight train.
  • Weightloss: Cardio exercises are low-intensity exercises that are great for burning body fat. A 45-minute walk will steadily burn calories because of its longer duration, unlike a 30 second sprint or bench-press.
  • Retain Eyesight: Ophthalmologists have noted that people over 50 who jog at least 2 miles daily were less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a condition in which the retina deteriorates and vision straight ahead is blurry.
  • Reduce Breast Cancer Risk: In a study, scientists noticed that women who did cardio on a regular basis are less likely to get breast cancer. It seems that cardio helps the body process estrogen in a way that prevents cancerous growths.

Cardio is such a simple way you can improve your health. You don’t need a fancy gym membership either; just a pair of sneakers and some time. All it takes is 45 minutes a day, 3 times a week to add years to your life.

Sources:
http://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/facts.htm
http://www.theheartfoundation.org/heart-disease-facts/heart-disease-statistics/
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/cardio-workouts?postlist=1
http://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/breast-cancer-news-94/just-how-might-exercise-lower-breast-cancer-risk-676155.html
http://voices.yahoo.com/the-many-health-benefits-cardio-training-2920961.html?cat=5