Here are a few health and wellness benefits of Cardiovascular Exercise:
Aside from the obvious benefits one immediately considers about participating in some sort of physical activity, their are many other benefits that are attributed to the health and overall well being of an individual. The first would be the effect of maintaining a healthy weight and body composition for their body specifically. If you are living a sedentary lifestyle, you are probably not engaging in enough physical activity at least three to four times a week that raises the hear rate above a normal resting rate. Therefore, you are more susceptible to cardiopulmonary disease, arteriosclerosis, or may be considered borderline obese, which has a whole list of negative risk associated with it as well!
Secondly, for those individuals who are suffering from arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, exercise can help to reduce symptoms of the disorder. It helps to improve the range of motion of the joints and flexibility and may help to boost energy when pain medication leaves the individual often lethargic.
And lastly, speaking of lethargy, exercise has many
mental health benefits as well! Studies show that exercise increases frontal lobe activity in the brain, and increases the production of the "feel good hormones" dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. These neurotransmitters are associated with the elevation in mood that occurs during physical activity, especially activity that raises the heart rate above it's resting heart rate. So in fact, cardiovascular exercise is also a key to staying motivated and positive during the transition into leading a healthy and happier lifestyle!