Don't Like Cardio Day?

The thing about cardio exercise is you either love it or hate it. There's really no middle ground. So, for those who dread the coming of cardio day, we offer this meta-analysis published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Physical fitness is generally expressed as cardiorespiratory fitness, which is a person's tolerance for exercise. Japanese researchers created a scale for measuring a person's level of fitness, and divided 102,980 study subjects into 3 groups: High, medium and low fitness. After analyzing results from 33 separate studies, they determined that those with a low level of fitness had a 70% higher risk of death from any cause compared to subjects in the high fitness group.

The Bigger Picture: It's pretty clear that cardio exercise plays an important role in overall health and well-being. If it's something that you really dislike, find a way to make it more enjoyable. You don't have to jog on a treadmill to build cardio fitness. You can swim laps, skip rope, hike the trails or engage in any number of team and individual sports. Be creative and get fit!
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