Kathy Kaehler 112It’s Heart Health Month, so we asked our fitness guru, Kathy Kaehler, what the benefits of cardio exercise are and the best ways we can target the heart to get results our entire body will love.

Here’s what she had to say…

Body Benefits of Cardio Fitness:

There are so many reasons you should add cardio fitness to your exercise routine. Here are just a few:

  • Keeps you younger
  • Increases energy
  • Reduces risk factors
  • Prevents disease and illness*
  • Helps manage weight
  • Burns calories
  • Lessens stress

Body Benefits of Strength/Weight Training

Though cardio fitness is a must, weight training should also accompany your heart healthy regimen because we lose muscle as we age. So, get those weights out and enjoy these benefits:

  • 30Keeps muscles strong and healthy
  • Shapes the body
  • Provides better posture
  • Reduces stress
  • Produces increased joint health

Body Benefits of Walking

Kathy has said it once and she’ll say it again: one of the best ways to maintain cardio fitness is by walking. Why?

  • Uses large muscle groups in rhythmic fashion
  • Increases heart rate to higher level, improving cardiovascular health
  • Provides adaptability to your routine and environment
  • Supplies a wide range of difficulty (i.e. incline, decline, cross-country)
  • Affords adjustable workout times
  • Offers variety in scenery, locations, etc. (can be done anywhere!)
  • Makes equipment unnecessary

Mini Workouts

Don’t have time to walk today? Try these five mini cardio workouts! They’ll get your heart rate up and make you sweat! C’mon! They only take ONE MINUTE each! 

1. Air Jacks:

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2. Burpees:

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3. Shuffle:

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4. Mountain Climbers:

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5. Wall Sits:

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KK high res originalFitness Hall of Famer and nationally-recognized healthy living spokesperson Kathy Kaehler is America’s go-to resource for the best in knowledge, products and programs, captivating audiences across the country with her exceptional combination of unparalleled knowledge and real-world experience. For more than two decades, USANA Influencer Kathy Kaehler has been a trusted expert in the national media spotlight, helping everyone from the soccer mom to the celebrity superstar get in shape and adopt a healthy lifestyle.

For more tips from Kathy, go to www.kathykaehler.net.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  1. LNWeaver
    LNWeaver says:

    That sounds valuable that cardio can boost your energy. I guess that’s because cardio increases endorphins. I might have to start doing more cardio as part of my fitness routine.

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