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Cardiovascular Fitness

Cardiovascular fitness (often called aerobic fitness) is one of the building blocks of physical fitness. Cardiovascular fitness is defined as the ability of your heart and lungs to supply oxygen via your blood cells to muscle tissue while you exercise. The ability of the muscles to use that oxygen to move the body is undeniably linked to overall health. Improving cardiovascular fitness and maintaining cardiovascular fitness has long-term health benefits that have long been documented and studied by the fitness and medical community. There are several ways to improve your aerobic fitness, but it can often be overwhelming on where to start. If you are unsure where to begin the certified fitness trainers and instructors at Castle Hill Fitness can get you started!

 

Below we have defined some of the ways to improve your cardiovascular fitness: 

ENDURANCE TRAINING

When you train for endurance you are exercising to increase your endurance for exercise, or the amount of time in which you can maintain exercise and movement. Endurance is directly related to cardiovascular health and the ability to withstand any exercise at all. There are two To improve cardiovascular endurance you train the aerobic system as opposed to the anaerobic system. Our certified trainers will help demystify this key element to fitness and can assist you in building your base endurance fitness. 

HIGH-INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING

HIIT workouts are all the rage and have been gaining popularity for a number of years. 

HIIT or high-intensity interval training just means short, intense or all-out bursts of exercise.  The workout interval is then followed by short active or passive recovery periods. There are a number of ways to execute HIIT workouts. You can try it Tabata style or as simple as one minute on one minute off.  You can utilize any type of exercise. Running, rowing, plyometrics, body weight movements, Olympic lifts, and traditional strength training exercises are all common choices.  The possibilities are endless and that’s exactly what makes HIIT workouts so exciting and easy to incorporate into your fitness routine. We explain how to get started on a basic HIIT workout on our fitness blog. 

LOW IMPACT CARDIOVASCULAR TRAINING

If you are deconditioned, dealing with an injury, or just interested in improving your cardiovascular fitness in a gentle way, low-impact cardio workouts are what you are looking for. Low-impact exercise involves no jumping and has little to no hard impacts on the joints. Low-impact exercise can be enjoyed by all ages and for a lifetime. Castle Hill Fitness offers several low-impact exercise options like Swimming and Indoor Cycling that give you the same heart benefits as other forms of cardiovascular exercise like running but with none of the impacts.  


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