With so many sports testing athletes’ cardiovascular endurance, we decided to dive deep (sorry, no pun intended, swimmers) into why cardio is so important for anyone to add into their life. Here are some serious benefits your body will get from just a little cardio:

 

Mental Benefits

Regular cardiovascular exercise is known to reduce stress and increase your confidence, emotional stability, memory, and brain function. That’s enough reason for us to get our heart beats up, but did you know it can also improve depression?

 

Physical Benefit

This benefit is on most people’s radar. You burn calories when you sweat during cardio that can help you shed the excess weight you’ve always wanted to get rid of. Why do you think Olympians are so In-Shape?

 

Fitness Benefits

Having trouble sleeping? Add some cardio into your day, and you’ll see improvement in your sleep patterns. It also increases your stamina and will give you more energy all day. That definitely comes in handy if you’re training to be an Olympic athlete (or just have a tough work day ahead of you).

 

Health Benefits

These happen to be some of the most important reasons to pick up a cardio routine ASAP. Cardio will not only strengthen your heart and your lungs, but it’ll also help lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes, improve your immune function and lower your blood pressure. Whew! We weren’t kidding—it does it all.