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Every time you exercise, you work up a sweat, your heart beats faster and you breathe harder at the same time. Your body has to work hard to keep blood pumping through your body to deliver oxygenated blood to your muscles and joints so you can keep you moving, and sustain physical activity for longer periods. This is what we call: aerobic exercise. Also referred to as “cardio”, where your heart, lungs, and muscles work overtime to sustain physical activity, generally for a longer period of time.
In this article, we will explore the mechanisms of aerobic exercise, its many benefits and science-based tips and supplementation to improve your cardio-respiratory performance.
What happens when you do “Cardio” on a regular basis?
- Your heart gets stronger and pumps more blood with each beat. Adopting a consistent cardio workout conditions your heart giving it greater diameter and mass - this means greater pumping power to supply blood in your body for oxygen and nutrients. Remember, the heart is a muscle too- it gets more efficient IF you train it.
- When it comes to physical performance, you'll have more endurance because your muscles won't run out of oxygen as quickly. With regular aerobic training, your muscle adapts by increasing its capacity to take and store oxygen from the blood. More oxygen in the muscles means longer capacity to sustain activity - equals greater endurance.
- Mitochondria inside the muscle increase in number and activity. These are your cell’s batteries doing all the heavy-duty work to keep you moving. Studies show that they increase in number and activity in just a matter of days to of regular aerobic exercise, regardless of age. *note Elite Sarms Hyper Lean® actually works by increasing the amount of mitochondria in the muscles.
What are the benefits of regular aerobic exercise?
Primary disease prevention. Regular cardio exercise have been shown to decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes. This benefit was particularly evident among people at high risk of diabetes, who reported to engage in weekly physical activity sufficient to cause a sweat. Cardiovascular exercise also helps lower blood pressure, keeping arteries clear by raising “good” cholesterol (HDL) and lowering “bad” cholesterol (LDL) levels in the blood.
Brain Health. One study suggests that long and even shorter-term aerobic exercise can facilitate neuroplasticity by increasing blood flow to the brain. This mechanism reduces both the biological and cognitive consequences of ageing to benefit brain health in sedentary adults.
Chronic pain management. One study demonstrates the benefits of cardiovascular exercise on subjects with chronic back pain. Low-impact activities, like swimming or aqua aerobics may help facilitate muscle function and endurance. Exercise also aids weight loss, which may further reduce chronic back pain.
For fitness individuals and athletes who incorporate cardio workouts as part of their training, here are proven ways to improve your sports endurance:
1. Circuit Training. This will have you moving from one exercise to the next with no rest between sets. Perform as many reps of each exercise as you can in a set time frame with perfect form.
2. Push Your Limits. To assess your fitness gains, you have to challenge your cardiovascular system. This causes your heart and lungs to adapt to the pressure and grow stronger.
3. Set a goal. Planning to take on a marathon? In order to reach your target, break it into mini-goals. If you have a particular competition in mind, find a training plan or recruit training partners to keep you on track.
4. Take Supplements. Whether you’re into cycling, football, military or the swimming team, the right supplements can help take your training and performance to the next level.
How Cardarine Works for the Ultimate Staying Power
Cardarine (GW-0742) is an excellent cardio supplement that can have a multitude of benefits for athletes. But first things first, let’s debunk some of the myths surrounding this powerful Cardio Booster. Cardarine is not a hormone. Rather than working on androgen receptors like Sarms do, Cardarine works as a PPAR Receptor Agonist, which regulates metabolic pathways in your body. Thereby, Cardarine is not hormonal, nor an anabolic and does not require post-cycle therapy (PCT).
If you’re into fitness, you know that fats and carbohydrates are the fuels our muscles burn. Because fat contains 9 calories per gram whereas carbohydrate has only 4, you get more energy and can go farther on a gram of fat than on a gram of carbohydrate. As a PPAR-δ agonist, Cardarine regulates important cellular metabolic functions especially important in fatty acid uptake, transport, and β-oxidation. Not only does Cardarine efficiently burn fat for better endurance, due to its metabolic efficiency, it was even studied in the treatment of diabetes!
As an Exercise-mimetic, researches show that Cardarine can enhance training adaptation or even increase endurance regardless of how often you exercise! This is phenomenal… Because it can pre-program the skeletal muscles for an increase in oxidative muscle fibers, test results showed it can augment the body’s running endurance by nearly 100% in untrained adult mice. You can find Cardarine known in the Elite Sarms range as Cardio Shred® here