Epes Wellness Score Card – Cardio Challenge*

5 Great Benefits of Cardio –


1 – Improved heart health

When you increase your heart rate, you are exercising your heart (which is a muscle).  Exercising muscles strengthens them.


2 – Increased metabolism

Cardio also increases other functions of your body….your metabolism.  Increased metabolism makes it easier to maintain your weight (or lose it).


3 – Improved Hormonal Profile

It releases ‘feel good’ hormones that ease symptoms of depression and decrease appetite.  It is a stress-relief benefit.


4 – Improved Recovery Ability

Moderately paced forms of cardio done after a heavy lifting session helps reduce the delayed onset of muscle soreness.  It does this by bringing oxygen-rich blood to your muscle tissue.


5 – Management of Diabetes

By doing cardio, you increase your muscles’ ability to utilize glucose.  People who exercise regularly have better control of their blood sugars.


The important thing is to keep your body moving!  Any activity that gets your heart rate up – walking, bike riding, jogging, Zumba – find one that is fun and right for you!


Taken from Clark, Shannon. “5 Great Benefits of Cardiovascular Exercise!” Bodybuilding.com. Bodybuilding.com LLC, 30 December 2015. Web. 25 July 2016.


*Please check with your doctor before significantly changing your diet or starting a new exercise regimen.

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