‘Fitness’ means different things to different people. For some of us, it means losing a few pounds, others aim to gain strength, and for some of us it is a way to stay healthy by increasing overall health and stamina. The one thing that is constant is that we all want to work hard towards achieving each of our fitness goals. Yet, when a particular fitness goal seems to be too big to achieve, there are ways to break it down into smaller goals so that you can celebrate the achievement of each and thus stay motivated. In this way, the ‘long’ journey to our ultimate goals becomes easier and also fun.
Your fitness trainer can also help by adapting or modifying certain workouts to suit your physical conditions. There are so many exercises and workouts which seem impossible at first but once you set your mind to it, you can achieve it.
Cardio training is important to make your heart stronger. Cardiovascular exercise comprises of exercises which increase your heart and respiration rate. Thus anything from walking, running, riding a bike, on the elliptical, dancing, jumping rope, or taking the stairs, can be considered a cardio workout. Cardio exercises contribute greatly in keeping you healthy by increasing your stamina, keeping viral illnesses away, managing chronic conditions, boosting your mood, and strengthening your heart.
A word of caution though: cardio exercises target the heart, lungs, and circulatory system to make them stronger; but on its own it is not enough to ensure injury prevention, muscle gain, higher strength, better coordination, or better flexibility. You must create a well-rounded workout plan to ensure that all aspects of your physical fitness are targeted equally well. Also, cardio exercises have to be designed according to each individuals physical and medical conditions and health.