6 Reasons to Focus on Cardiovascular Fitness

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6 Reasons to Focus on Cardiovascular Fitness

Most people who pursue a weight loss plan do so because they want to look or feel better. But when you pursue a major lifestyle change involving your eating habits and exercise, you will reap other benefits for your health. In particular, improving your cardiovascular fitness can keep you healthier and prevent disease in six important ways.

You will be less likely to die from heart disease. Those with low cardio fitness face a 56 percent higher chance of dying from heart disease. As you gradually improve your cardiovascular fitness you will begin to slash that risk.

You can prevent diabetes or even reverse its course. Those who rank low on cardiovascular fitness are more likely to develop insulin resistance, which leads to Type 2 diabetes. Getting into better shape, even moderately, can prevent development of this chronic disease. Some people with Type 2 diabetes can even reverse the course of their condition after diagnosis!

You will enjoy lowered belly fat. Cardiovascular exercise will burn fat everywhere, but specifically targets fat stored in the belly (visceral fat). Along with the aesthetic benefits, reducing belly fat will slash your risk of many serious diseases.

You will feel happier. People who pursue a cardiovascular exercise routine report lower levels of depression. So you might find that as you get into better shape, your mood improves too.

You can lower anxiety. Cardiovascular exercise is one of the best ways to target generalized anxiety, and can even help you overcome a panic attack.

You will sleep better at night. When you exercise during the day, you might find that you fall asleep better and stay asleep longer at night. Do avoid intense exercise within two or three hours of bedtime, as sometimes the endorphins can have the opposite effect from what you want.

For more tips on nutrition and exercise to support your weight loss plan, give us a call. We can schedule an appointment to discuss your goals and help you avoid many serious health conditions.