The pursuit of fitness is general in nature and comprises a number of different components. However, for simplicity's sake, its description is often reduced to strength and conditioning. It is common for one to be touted as superior to the other, but really, both strength and conditioning are important to one’s health and performance. This week’s article will first discuss the importance of conditioning.
The term ‘conditioning’ refers to the body’s ability to sustain moderate to high intensity exercise over an extended period of time, particularly through the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Methods of conditioning range from long duration, low intensity exercise to high intensity interval work. In order to become robust and adaptable, it is important to train throughout this spectrum in a variety of configurations.
If you are someone who wonders whether endurance training is really worth it, here are a handful of its benefits:
Reduced risk of disease. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Improved cardiovascular health reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes (type 2), and stroke.
Increased stamina. Remember that conditioning is the body’s ability to sustain exercise. By improving it, your training will benefit and everyday tasks will become easier.
Boosted immune system. Aerobic exercise activates your immune system, making it less likely for you to contract viral illnesses.
Cardiovascular endurance is something that everyone needs, even though some of us may hate to admit it. It’s really not that bad, though, and it makes you healthier! Next week, we will discuss the role of strength training in a well-rounded fitness program. Stay tuned!
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