The term cardio-vascular exercise has been applied to almost every activity, but not all of them are useful for our health. In fact some of them may have a negative effect on our health.
I am sure you are aware of the importance of exercise in preventing heart-attack, stroke, obesity, arthritis, diabetes, cancer, etc. etc. It is quite obvious therefore that exercise does have a very positive effect on our health. The problem with exercise is that there are so many types of exercise and it all seems to be very helpful. The problem is that some exercise may be very harmful because it has been found to be very harmful for our health.
Take walking for instance. Do you know that walking is classified as cardio-vascular exercise? It is, because it has been found to increase the bad cholesterol, raised low-density lipoprotein, (LDL) cholesterol levels in the blood stream more than any other type of exercise. This is the cholesterol type that “plags” or clogs arteries and is often found in older adults. When people do moderate to vigorous exercise, they tend to move at a faster pace than when they do less intense exercise.
The problem with walking is that the body needs to expend energy to go up and down the stairs, take the phone, etc. and it also burns a lot of energy when people do moderate to vigorous exercise. In other words walking at a moderate pace burns a lot of energy. However, when people do vigorous exercise, they burn only a moderate amount of energy. It is also quite common for people to feel tired and run down after vigorous exercise.
So when you are exercising, make sure you are doing enough cardio-vascular exercise, like walking, swimming or running. If you are obese, do moderate to vigorous cardio exercise to burn a good amount of energy and calories to lose weight. If you don’t exercise, you should do less vigorous exercise to keep you motivated. Do exercise, but do it properly and don’t get yourself in too much trouble.
I hope this article has helped you understand more about exercise.
Remember to check with your doctor before starting any exercise regimen.