Cardiovascular Training (for physical therapy)

September 13th, 2012
Cardiovascular Training (for physical therapy)

Cardiovascular training is composed of exercises designed to promote the improved performance and capacity of a patient’s cardiovascular system.  It involves the body’s use of oxygen.  When a patient performs an aerobic exercise, the body’s muscles get energy through pathways that use oxygen.

Doing the cardiovascular training allows the patient to breathe faster and moves more air as he or she breathes.  It helps to improve health of both the lung and the heart.

There are 5 highly recommended exercises for cardiovascular training that have the most health benefits.

Running is great for lowering the blood pressure.  It also strengthens your bones and is an excellent workout for the core body.  It is a cheap workout although the downside to this workout is its impact to the bones and joints.

Swimming is also a great addition to cardiovascular training.  A total body workout, it engages all of the body’s major muscles.  With the help of the therapeutic effects of water, it works great for arthritis treatment and rehabilitation.

Jumping rope is an excellent cardiovascular training.  This exercise is inexpensive and fun.  It also tones and strengthens the entire body by using the big muscle groups of a patient’s upper and lower body.  It also improves agility and can allow the patient to burn up to 1,000 calories per hour.

Kickboxing is another today body exercise for patients undergoing cardiovascular training.  It is a fun activity that improves stamina and flexibility as well as allowing the patient to burn at most 600 calories per hour.

Rowing is a low impact exercise that is easy to do.  This cardiovascular training engages the major muscles and muscle groups in the core abs, the legs, arms and back.  This is a very popular activity to do at the gym.

The benefits of doing cardiovascular training has been observed in multiple medical conditions ranging from heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis and cancer.  Regardless of sex, age and physical activity, the benefits are numerous.

One benefit is the ability to control weight.  The more intense the activity, the more calories gets burned.  It also stimulates brain chemicals that will improve the patient’s mood thus reducing any signs of anxiety or depression.

Another great benefit of cardiovascular training is the way it strengthens the lungs and the heart.  It is a big help in preventing diseases like obesity, diabetes, stroke and high cholesterol.

Starting on a cardiovascular training is simple and easy to do.  For patients with underlying medical conditions, it is always recommend that they consult their physicians beforehand.