Which Cardiovascular Exercise Is Best?

When starting a new fitness program, it is critical to balance the effectiveness of the exercise routine with the joy of working out. There is often the “feeling stupid factor”, when you attempt a new group class or try to use a new machine. Often there is a fear looking stupid or, worse, getting hurt, and then you never go back.

A recent study shows that, regardless of the effectiveness of a training program or regimen, if you’re not finding enjoyment in exercise, you are likely not going to continue. Which is why it is so important to find what you love in fitness. If running is what makes you look forward to exercise – then run! It doesn’t matter that someone tells you that their aerobics class is the best-ever,..if YOU don’t like group exercise classes, then you won’t stick with it.

I am often asked, “Which cardiovascular exercise is best”? Well, the simple answer is – the one you like to do. That’s it. Period. If you find no enjoyment in exercising on an indoor rower, but you really like swimming – then swim.

I’m a big believer in changing up routines – that’s how you achieve fitness gains. However, sticking with things you like to do will keep you coming back for more. So if the only cardiovascular equipment you like to use is a treadmill – that’s where you feel comfortable,…then change up your routine on the treadmill. Change your incline on the first day, and then change your speed on the second. Or try interval training programs, or pacing a friend. There are so many ways to utilize fitness equipment that you can continue to progress without having to do something you hate.

Most cardio fitness equipment comes with different training programs to keep you engaged, motivated, and are very effective in allowing you to change your routine. Use those programs. Use the personal training modes, goal settings and heart rate features. Utilize every tool in your arsenal. And for goodness sakes – keep at it – because if you love it,…you will stick with it!

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Benefits Of A Treadmill Desk

By now we all have heard the research on how extended periods of sitting can be damaging to your health. Knowing that a significant amount of our daily sedentary lives is spent sitting while working, incorporating a treadmill desk into your office can be a great way to increase your daily activity levels while simultaneously decreasing time spent sitting.

Improves Mood and Reduces Stress: Regular exercise can help boost your mood and subsequently decrease anxiety through the brains release of endorphins in your body. Psychologically, exercise can also increase your confidence by allowing you to reach certain fitness/health goals as well as provide a distraction from your worries.

Increases Creativity: Studies have shown that exercise is directly linked to creativity. Research conducted at Stanford University* had volunteers complete a test involving tasks like rapidly coming up with alternative uses for common objects, such as a button. They were then asked to complete a similar exam while simultaneously walking on a treadmill at a slow comfortable pace. From this they were able to conclude that almost every student preformed substantially better. On average, the subjects were able to come up with 60% more uses for the object when walking rather than sitting.

Increases Productivity: Research conducted by the University of Minnesota (UMN) and published in the journal Obesity** analyzed the effects of walking on a treadmill throughout the workday. They concluded that the work performance of people who used a treadmill desk for a year didn’t decline after a very brief, initial adjustment to the change. In fact, the study found that both overall employee productivity and health improved. Stating that work quality, mental performance and time management all improved on days when employees exercised.

Promotes a Healthy Body Weight: Walking, like other forms of exercise, burns calories. Albeit not as many calories as running or biking burns, but walking still requires energy and therefore provides a calorie burn. For weight loss, increasing your intensity level, increasing incline level or walking for longer durations will burn more calories. However, when using a treadmill desk for the first time, you’ll want to start out slow and gradually increase your speed and walking duration over a couple weeks time.

Reduces the Risk of and Helps Manage Type 2 Diabetes: Exercise can help reduce blood glucose levels and also help people with type 2 diabetes avoid long-term complications.

Lowers Blood Pressure: Like other forms of exercise, walking helps increase blood flow which in return decreases blood pressure. According to the American College of Sports Medicine***, people with high blood pressure (hypertension) have lower blood pressure readings for up to 22 hours following a single walking session. For individuals that incorporate walking into their daily schedule, they may see decreases as high as 5 to 10 mmHg in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure readings.

Helps Maintain Strong Bones: Weight-bearing exercises where you are working against gravity while staying upright are one of the best ways to build up and maintain bone density.

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*American Psychological Association “Give your ideas some legs: The positive effect of walking on creative thinking” http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2014-14435-001/

**Obesity “Treadmill desks: A 1-year prospective trial” http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.20121/abstract

***American College Of Sports Medicine “Living With Hypertension” http://www.acsm.org/public-information/articles/2012/01/19/living-with-hypertension

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