Cardiovascular exercise is any movement that gets your heart rate up and increases your blood circulation flow. By getting the heart pumping at a faster rate on a regular basis you will keep it in shape and healthy. Plus high intensity moves like jumping jacks and burpees are fun! They burn fat, they make you feel great; perfect for boosting your confidence in time for the summer sun.
Here are three reasons to enjoy more cardio this summer:
1. It’s fun.
A successful workout regimen is a consistent one, and by changing things up, you’re keeping both your muscles and your mind engaged. Add variety to your Curves workout and get a dose of heart-pumping cardio. If you’re challenged and you’re having fun, you’ll be there. And you’ll love it!
2. It blasts fat.
Even better: It blasts belly fat. What’s not to love about that, especially with summer approaching? In fact, research indicates that high-intensity intermittent exercise may be more effective at reducing both abdominal and subcutaneous fat than other forms of exercise. Plus, it improves your insulin resistance, lowering your risk of developing diabetes, and tends to make you fitter faster.
3. It makes you feel great.
You’ve heard of the term “runner’s high.” It’s what scientists call a neurobiological reward—and you don’t have to run to get it; you simply have to engage in moderate to intense aerobic exercise. Despite its name, a “runner’s high” isn’t a loopy feeling; it’s more subtle and more satisfying than that. It’s a sense of calm and well-being, an absence of anxiety, reduced feelings of pain, just an overall good mood. Plus it prepares you for those vacation activities you look forward to (hikes, swimming etc.) What an excellent reason to love cardio!