We all know cardio is beneficial to our overall health. That has been proven time and time again and there is no real arguing that truth. But just what is cardio most beneficial for??? Is it most beneficial for fat loss? Heart health? Endurance? Or is it just a good tool for a healthy body and staying in good shape?
Well, to be honest, the answer might surprise some people. Fat loss has long been viewed as the a great tool for fat loss, and has primarily been used as such. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a necessary supplement for any good weight loss program, but it’s not the only factor. In fact, cardio probably isn’t even the best method for fat loss, and actually serves other functions better than fat loss. I found a great article that makes a case for cardio for non-fat-loss purposes.
This article does a great job in explaining some of the benefits outside of fat loss that cardiovascular training can provide the body, and why you do, in fact, need it – even if you are training for muscle gains. Of particular importance in this article are the points that talk about the STRESS that cardio – intense cardio, more specifically – places on the human body. What many people fail to realize is that the human body IS MADE TO HANDLE THE STRESSES PLACES UPON IT. If done in the correct manner, the human body can endure very high levels of stress. This stress, caused by cardio, is what causes our bodies to adapt and improve. The greater the stress, the greater the adaptation. It’s a simple process, but one that many people do not quite understand.
Take a few minutes to read this quick article. If you’re at all like me, then you will surely find something interesting.