We all know how to get on a treadmill and hit “quick start”. We tend to gravitate toward our favorite classes or machines. This becomes like autopilot at times, right? This is where with a little bit more effort, you can develop cardiovascular intelligence. The meaning of this is simple… You take care of your body the best way you know how…
To break the definition down a little further: you maintain muscular balance, flexibility and joint strength while increasing your heart rate. If you don’t take care of your body then your cardiovascular workouts will become limited due to injury and/or weakness.
Now that you know the definition, how do you maintain cardiovascular intelligence. Think about your cardio routine before you start. Did you take a spinning class which focuses on your legs, hip flexors and pushes your lower back and abdominals. Did you try a rowing machine yesterday which focuses on your upper back, posture, shoulders and your legs as stabilizers and motivators. See the chart below and mix up your cardio routine to maintain cardiovascular intelligence.
|Cardiovascular||Primary Muscles||Secondary Muscles||Additional Comments|
|Treadmill||Hamstrings, Quads and Calves||Back and Abs||Posture is so important. Great And Easy Ab stregnth|
|Spinning||Quads and Hamstrings||Core||Need core stability to lessen back strain|
|Rowing||Shoulders, upper Back||Legs and Core||Great beginning exercise to increase legs and core|
|Zumba||Everything||Everything||Need joint stability|