As we think about being healthy, we quickly think of looking good, having energy, or losing weight. In a lot of cases, those things are easier to see results. Yet, staying on track and working out consistently is a goal for many. Learning some basic principle that make up a workout regimen and understanding some other benefits of exercise can make all the difference. Heart health is one component that connects all of those outer results together.
A sound cardiovascular endurance program greatly contributes toward the enhancement and maintenance of overall good health. Although there are five components of physical fitness, cardiovascular endurance is the single most important factor. Certain amounts of strength and flexibility are necessary in daily activities to lead to a normal lifestyle. However, a person can get away without large amounts of strength and flexibility but cannot do without a good cardiovascular system.
Aerobic exercise is especially important in prevention of coronary heart disease. A poorly conditioned heart that has to pump more often to keep a person alive is subject to more wear and tear on the heart. Normal activities such as playing with the kids, doing yard work or lifting heavy objects can take a toll on an unconditioned heart and it may not be able to sustain the strain. Additionally, regular cardiovascular endurance activities helps achieve and maintain ideal body weight. Ideal body weight represents another component of physical fitness. All components assist and benefit one another, however our focus is on cardiovascular endurance.
In order to develop a cardiovascular system, the heart muscle must be overloaded like any another muscle in the human body. To increase the strength in a bicep muscle will take doing some upper arm weight lifting. The same works with the heart muscle. It also requires to be exercised in order to increase in size, strength, and efficiency. To better understand the development of the cardiovascular system, it is important to gain insight into four main principles:
- Intensity – how hard
- Mode – what
- Duration – how long
- Frequency – how often
Take a moment and assess your current workout routine for specifics of each principle. Planning ahead and being proactive, promises better results in working toward enhancement and maintenance of overall good health.