The Heart Wants What it Wants....and it Wants Cardio!


You're very dependent on your heart, but your heart is also very dependent on you! It needs not only proper nutrition, but exercise as well. Cardio uses repetitive contraction of the larger muscles to get your heart pumping harder and is the best type of exercise for your cardiovascular system. But it's important to remember that even in short episodes, cardio is still beneficial! Exercise in excessive quantities is not always needed. The recommended amount of cardio per week is approx. 150 minutes. But don't get discouraged if you have to start small! Any cardio is better than no cardio, and any physical activity is good to get you started!


There are numerous options out there for cardio workouts. No one-size-fits-all regimen exists, as each person has their own individual needs. The most important thing to remember is to simply get moving! Activities like walking, running, biking, or even things like vigorous yard work are great for getting started.

Benefits of Cardio

The benefits of cardio are numerous!

  • It helps you burn fat and calories for weight loss.
  • It makes your heart strong so that it doesn't have to work as hard to pump blood.
  • It increases your lung capacity.
  • It helps reduce your risk of heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.
  • It makes you feel good, and can even provide temporary relief from depression and anxiety.
  • It helps you sleep better.
  • It helps reduce stress.

Even if you have never incorporated much cardio into your daily routine, each day is a chance to start fresh! Setting daily or weekly goals often helps to keep you on track and reminds you to stay active. If you have a medical condition or disability, check with your doctor to see what kind of activities you should start with.


1. Waehner, Paige. "Everything You Need to Know About Cardio", verywellfit, 

2. Levine, Ben , M.D. "The 'best' cardio workout for a healthy heart", UT Southwestern medical center, 

3. "American Heart Association Recommendations for Physical Activity in Adults and Kids" 


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Dr. Curry is a Chiropractor that practices in Petersburg, IL. He practices chiropractic, acupuncture, nutritional therapy, and utilizes many different techniques to achieve optimal health.