One of the reasons I set up this website was to try and encourage more people to get fit – I’m passionate about getting fit and the difference it’s made to my life and I want to help others get the same buzz from it that I do.
People exercise for many different reasons – to lose weight, to gain weight, for the social side, because they’re training towards a goal such as a marathon, because it makes them feel good, or because they ‘know they should for their health’.
That last one is often said in a slightly begrudging ‘I don’t really want to do this but I know I should’ type way, so I thought it might help to look in a bit more detail at what those benefits actually are and what gives you what benefits.
I’ll look at the health benefits of the three main types of training:
- cardiovascular (or cardio, or CV), which is the stuff that gets your heart rate up for a continuous period, like walking, jogging, dancing or cycling or playing sports like football.
- resistance training which develops muscle strength (the maximum weight you can lift) and muscle endurance (how long you can continue lifting for) and
- flexibility (the range of movement you have around your joints).
So first off, what are the health benefits of cardiovascular activity?