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March 26, 2010

Getting to the heart of cardiovascular fitness

Anytime’s Rob Land says the benefits of cardio go on and on

Anytime Fitness personal trainer Rob Land admits to being a bit of a cardio junkie.

He gets to the gym in the morning at a time many people still consider “nighttime.” He runs. He’s on the elliptical. He bikes.

“I don’t have a good day unless I exercise,” he said with a shrug on a recent Friday.

On a good day, Land can cram in about four hours of cardiovascular exercise — and still wishes he had time for six.

“Most people would say that I’m addicted to the feel-good chemicals that you get from exercise.”

And while Land realizes he’s not the typical American, he says the feeling he gets from a good run or a long bike ride is just the start of cardio’s benefits.

The reasons to adopt a regular regimen of cardiovascular training go on and on, Land said.

“Health-wise, you’re looking at lower blood pressure, increased circulation, lower cholesterol, lower triglycerides,” he said.

Add on to that, decreased weight, increased sensitivity to your body’s insulin and a stronger heart.

“The heart is a muscle. It needs to work out, too.”

By regularly working out the heart with cardiovascular exercise, the body learns to keep the resting heart rate low.

Lower heart rate means less work for your heart, which means better health in the long run.

“The harder your heart will have to work on a daily basis, basically, the higher risk that you’re going to have complications,” he said.

Land said he is often asked what kind of cardio to do and how much.

Land defines cardio as “any form of activity that even slightly would raise your heart rate.”

You’ve probably heard it all before: Park farther from work. Take the stairs.

Anything you can do to increase your heart rate will help, Land said.

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