What Is Cardio Exercise? – The Ultimate Guide

There are few habits as healthy as cardio. In this article, you will learn what is cardio exercise and everything about it.

I spent many hours researching many studies and a lot of content in this subject so that I could create the best article on this topic and so that you don’t need to make all the research I did in order to know all about cardio.

There are still serious misconceptions about cardio. One example of that is you should only do it if you want to lose weight. So I made this article to show people that everyone should be doing cardio.

Here’s what you will learn:

What Is Cardio Exercise?
Benefits Of Cardio
Where To Start
Cardio Exercises
What To Do Next

Keep reading to find out all about it.

What Is Cardio Exercise?

Cardio exercise is any activity that increases your heart and breathing rates and uses large muscle groups. It’s also called aerobic exercise.

The goal of this type of exercise is to make your body use its oxygen more efficiently. This happens because when you do exercises that make your heart beat faster and make you breathe more heavily you increase the oxygen in your blood, increasing your aerobic capacity. In the long term what this means is that you won’t feel out of breath easily when walking a little bit faster than usual or running. [1]

Cycling, jogging, and swimming are examples of cardio exercises.

Benefits Of Cardio

Cardio is one of the most healthy activities that you should practice regularly. It has many physical and mental benefits such as:

  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Reduces risk of heart attack
  • Reduces risk of diabetes
  • Reduces the sugar in the blood
  • Reduces the frequency you have to breathe
  • Burn calories
  • Better sex life
  • Better mood
  • Better sleep
  • Better memory
  • Improves good cholesterol
    [2,3]

Where To Start

If you want to start doing cardio then you can start by doing a little run every morning. When you get used to it you can start increasing the time of the run so you are always challenging yourself and making progress.

A woman running

However, we recommend that you choose an activity you like. This way it won’t feel like a chore and you will also have fun while doing that. This is really important because you will only benefit if you turn this into a lifelong habit.

If you don’t have any idea which activity you want to choose then below there’s a list of cardio exercises.

Cardio Exercises

If you still don’t know which exercise you want to choose here is a list of many cardio exercises. We encourage you to try as many as you can. This is because at a first glance you may think a certain exercise isn’t for you but maybe you will end up having fun, and this way you have many to choose from. Here are the exercises:

  • Walking
  • Biking
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • Jogging
  • High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
  • Burpees
  • Hiking
  • Climbing
  • Dancing
  • Kickboxing
  • Jumping jacks
  • Jumping rope
  • Golfing

In the end, it doesn’t matter which activity you choose as long as it makes your heart beat faster and makes you breathe deeply.

What To Do Next

It’s very important to eat before doing any kind of exercise, be sure not to forget that.

Martim Pintão

Martim Pintão

Martim is a fitness enthusiast who loves to help people get into shape. He founded Dream Strength in order to do just that, and he doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon!

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