Cardio Pilates

The Critical Importance of Cardio Exercise & How to Add it to Your Pilates Workout

by Bob Hannum
June 3, 2013

  Table of Contents

 - What Is Cardio
 - Origins of Cardio
 - Benefits of Cardio
 - Best Cardio
Hundreds of research articles prove the importance of cardiovascular conditioning, popularly known as cardio exercise, aerobics, or simply cardio.

What Is Cardio Exercise

A cardio workout is anything that elevates your heart rate for at least 30 minutes. Examples include the now popular Zumba as well as traditional exercises such as biking, jogging, hiking, soccer, basketball, and swimming to name a few.

Today in our hectic, time-starved lives, increasingly popular forms of cardio exercise are those that also include the other essential exercises that the body needs – strength training and stretching. A few exercise methods do this including Curves circuit training and Pilates mat exercises - see especially my Cardio Pilates video. Any activity qualifies as aerobic if it elevates your heart rate to your individual target and keeps it there for at least 30 minutes.

Origins of Cardio Exercise

Cardio vascular exercise was first referred to as aerobics. This term and method was developed by two people from the United States Air Force: Dr. Kenneth Cooper, M.D. an exercise physiologist, and Col. Pauline Potts, a physical therapist. Dr. Cooper noticed that there were people who had excellent muscle strength but performed poorly when doing endurance tasks such as bicycling, long-distance running, and swimming. Cooper and Potts were the first to distinguish this different kind of exercise that the body needs.

Cardio Pilates

Benefits of Cardio

Best Cardio

The latest recommendations for adults are at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity 5 days a week or 75 minutes 3 days a week. Start off with a slow warm-up, then move on to your cardio workout, and then end with a 5-minute cool-down. The 50-plus exercises in the Pilates mat routine provide a perfect workout for the entire body in just 30 minutes – it’s quick and it incorporates all 3 of the exercises that your body needs – cardio, strength training, and stretching.

You can add cardio to your Pilates workout by simply going from one exercise to the next without pause. And you can do it anywhere and anytime without equipment or a gym. Start with my beginners lessons for free, or if you’re an experienced Pilates student take your workout to the highest level with my Cardio Pilates video. Learn more about them in the boxes at the right.
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