Total body fitness.
Good morning and welcome to another edition of Fitness Friday!
I had plans for a big announcement, but all that changed when I came home from work yesterday to no electricity. Of all days!
Now I have to wait until Monday to share my exciting news. Remember what it felt like to count down the days until Christmas when you were a kid? That’s how this feels. Waiting a few days seems like months.
The good news is, I did not stress that things were not going as planned. That’s huge for me. It’s a bright side, right? Instead my daughter and I sat around in the dark, not prepared with flashlights, and talked about how long our phones would stay charged. She was convinced our experience was like Little House On the Prairie. Another bright side, lots of laughs were included in the night.
So, I rearranged my blog calendar. Instead of celebrating the big announcement, I’d love to talk about fitness. Cardiorespiratory fitness to be exact, an essential component of total body fitness.
The cardiorespiratory system is made up of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems, including the heart, blood, blood vessels, airways, lungs and respiratory muscles. Cardiorespiratory training is any physical activity that involves and places stress on the cardiorespiratory systems. Cardiorespiratory fitness describes the health and function of the heart, lungs and circulatory system as it relates to cardiorespiratory endurance which is the ability of the circulatory and respiratory systems to supply oxygen rich blood to muscles during sustained physical activity.
That’s probably more information than you wanted, right? I couldn’t resist. This stuff and how the human body works fascinates me.
Benefits of Cardiorespiratory Training
- stronger more efficient heart
- improved ability to pump blood
- reduced risk of heart disease
- lower resting heart rate
- lower heart rate at any given level of work
- more efficient breathing
- stronger respiratory muscles
- improved oxygen support
- reduced cholesterol levels
- reduced arterial blood pressure
- improved blood thinning and reduced risk of clot formation
- improved ability to use fatty acids, sparing muscle glycogen stores
- improved ability of muscles to use oxygen
- improvement of mental alertness
- reduced tendency for depression and anxiety
- improved ability to relax and sleep
- increase lean body mass
- increase metabolic heart rate
- reduced risk of obesity
How often you train the cardiorespiratory system should be designed based on individual needs, fitness levels and goals. Training should always include 3 phases: warm up phase, conditioning phase (the actual cardio workout) and a cool down phase.
Major training methods:
- continuous training
- interval training
- fartlek training
- circuit training
- aerobic cross training
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