The Pros and Cons of Cardio

The Pros and Cons of Cardio

There’s something gratifying about a workout that makes your sweaty clothes stick to your skin and your hair a hopeless mess of frizz and flyaways. No doubt, a heart-pumping cardio session can eliminate fat, along with stress and frustration.

Done right, there are many benefits to performing aerobic exercise. However, we’ve all seen the cardio bunny at our gym. It’s the person who runs on the treadmill for hours on end or the person using the elliptical with minimal resistance, going as fast as he or she can. And how often do you see that person leaning on the rails of the StepMill?

Whether you prefer to perform cardio or would rather stick with the weights, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of aerobic exercise.

Pro: The Brain Benefit

Research suggests that aerobic exercise helps improve neuroplasticity and neurogenesis. Basically, cardio exercise improves how your existing brain cells function and helps create new ones.