Physical fitness training can improve many body systems, all of which are important to maintain “complete health”. One of the most important of those is your cardiorespiratory health. Improving the cardiorespiratory system can make you feel better, live longer, and lower your risk for many illnesses and diseases. Physical fitness training is the way to reach your cardio health goals.
The Importance of Cardiorespiratory Health
You’re heard about having a healthy cardiorespiratory system, but what does that really mean? Well, this system is your cardio (heart and blood) and respiratory (lungs) systems working together to circulate oxygenated blood throughout your body. The better this system works, the longer you will be able to do exercises for prolonged periods of time. That’s great right? It doesn’t end there! Being in good cardiorespiratory health also lowers your risk for coronary heart disease, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, and many other diseases causing premature death. It is important to have a healthy cardiorespiratory system to keep your body working well, because this system plays a big part in your overall health.
How Can I Achieve Cardiorespiratory Health?
If you’re unsure where to start, consult a personal trainer or someone else that can help achieve your goals. Wherever you start, you’ll probably follow these three stages:
- Initial Conditioning: This first stage can last from one to six weeks, depending on your progression. During this stage you should do activities bringing your peak performance level to about 40-60% of your max heart rate. You will be focusing on conditioning your body to respond to this kind of activity, and will be training your cardiorespiratory system to work at a higher performance level.
- Improvement Stage: During this stage, lasting four to eight months, frequency, duration, and intensity are increased independently until you can sustain moderate to vigorous exercise for around 30 minutes.
- Maintenance: After achieving your cardiorespiratory fitness goals, you can then enter a phase in which you maintain your fitness level. Changing your exercises can bring variety, and keep you healthy and fit.
When oxygen is carried more efficiently to vital organs and muscles, your body can do things you never thought you could. For someone in poor cardiorespiratory health, it takes much more energy to do any physical activity, and in some cases, to even breathe. You might experience sore muscles and fatigue at first, but if you stick with it, you’ll see amazing results.
With each workout, your body will be more responsive to the demands you put on it, and you will notice it take a lot less energy to do things that might have previously been very difficult. If it was hard for you to take a few flights of stairs, you’ll find yourself doing it with ease, and you might even feel like you could do more.
When your cardiorespiratory system works well, your other body systems respond better too. These small steps will contribute to the big step you’ll take for your health.