Being 40 and cardiovascular fit
Cardiovascular fitness refers to the health of the heart, blood and blood vessels.
It is also referred to as cardiorespiratory endurance to describe the ability of the lungs, heart, and vascular system to give oxygen and blood flow to the working muscles to keep them working.
When most people approach the age of 40, they start to wonder if they can still achieve cardiovascular fitness when they are 40 or older. Fortunately, reaching the age of 40 doesn’t mean an automatic sedentary life and slow death. Cardiovascular fitness can be achieved but it will take hard work, determination, patience, and dedication with the pay off being that that you will be healthier, look and feel better, and be able to enjoy the rest of life to the full.
To achieve a better cardiovascular system, you must increase their physical activity sufficiently to get your heart rate up and to increase your respirations. This is not difficult to do, but it will take work, which many people for the most part not keen on tackling. Improving your cardiovascular system can be done through steady efforts of exercise.
More people over the age of 40 are taking more of an interest in their health. This could have something to do with the fear of failing health, or because they just want to look and feel better. Whatever the reason may be improving your cardiovascular system is a within your capabilities.
Most people who undertake the challenges to enhance their cardiac fitness are typically also interested in weight loss as well. If you are in the same situation, you will need to increase your cardio by exercising approximately 3 to 5 times a week for at least 30 minutes at a time. You should start out slowly on your exercise program with the minimal requirement of 3 times a week for 30 minutes. As you develop your strength and stamina, the exercise sessions should gradually increase to 5 times a week for 40 minutes at a stretch.
If you are attempting to gain weight, for what ever reason, you really don’t need to include any cardiovascular fitness exercises in your exercise program. However, including cardiovascular exercise in your program will not affect your weight if just do a par downed workout of 20 minutes sessions twice a week.
But if you are at your ideal weight and don’t need to gain or loss weight, but are interested only in maintaining that weight and improve your cardiovascular system, you can exercise for 20 to 40 minutes approximately three times a week. This should be sufficient to maintain your weight without any wild fluctuations.
When you get on a cardiovascular fitness exercise program, you need to monitor your heart rate to get the maximum benefit from your workouts. For faster and consistent weight loss, you would want to set a goal and keep at it until you have reached that goal.
In addition to a high intensity work out, you may what to include weight training cardiovascular fitness program to get the full benefits of your cardio fitness workout. But don’t rush into a heavy duty weight training regimen until you are proficient in the basic cardio fitness regimen. When the cardio fitness sessions become second nature to you then you can take on weight training.
As with any exercise regime that put tress on your body, you should always consult your primary care physician about any precautions or limitations that you should follow. Improving cardiovascular fitness over 40 is not only highly possibly, but definitely an achievable goal in your health plan to be healthier, look and feel better, and live a longer life.