Cardio fitness is a requirement of every endurance athlete because if they tire, they fail. In physical training, cardio should be an equal focus as strength, power, speed, or agility. Trust me; this type of earned fitness is every persons nemesis. You know that feeling when you’re out of breath and you don’t want to be. That type of feeling is a basic bodily alarm that says needs improvement.
At one point or another, all human beings have experienced that weakness in lung power. If you can remember a time like that in your life, remember it because I will give you information to make sure it never happens again.
* Why are lungs so important to improving my cardio?
The lungs themselves need to be conditioned for optimal cardiovascular efficiency. Air is the natural resource human beings absolutely require for life. This is the reason our species can live on this planet; Earths natural concentration of air. Now, to the lungs; each lung is an estimated ninety percent water and needs clean air to operate optimally.
Moist, clean, purified air is always the most highly recommended for breathing. Since most of us do not live in an environment with high-tech air filters, we need to make a practice of opening windows. Ventilation is something all areas need since bacteria develops systematically inside closed rooms.
* What is the meaning of cardio?
I personally define cardio as having the ability to maintain positive focused breathing under adaptive conditions. As conditions change, breathing is regulated and stabilized. This means you only breathe as needed without much drastic change. I call the development of cardiovascular fitness lung power. Lung power is something that all people can develop in little time.
The lungs themselves must be conditioned to work in temperate climates. Riding a bicycle inside a gym for example without fresh air is a tremendous disservice to a trainee. While the bike rider does receive a cardio benefit, the cardio should be performed outside, preferably within close contact with nature for maximum results.
* What time of day is perfect for doing my cardio?
The most adequate time for anyone to physically train is at sunrise. This timing benefits mankind on a holistic (natural) scale and especially benefits lung development. This time of day is prior to the working machinery and factories that fill the air with artificial smog clouds. Make the effort to wake up and train yourself at sunrise.
* How can I double my cardio in half the time?
I have my athletes running on natural grounds such as sand, over sand dunes and through forests. These unpredictable and differential surface runs create exponential results for my athletes. They improve within their movement capacity, reflexes and their reaction speed almost immediately.
The environmental factors such as a dirt path or a sand dune exist and make the athlete pay attention to them. After the run, the athletes endure a physical training program that focuses on complex movements and functional strength.
Dave Lemanczyk is the C.E.O. of Dave Lemanczyk LLC, a leading developer of superior human performance products in today’s fitness industry. [http://www.kegconditioning.com]