A complete workout? Take it from the top!
Did you know that for a complete cardio workout you need to exercise all the main muscle groups, at least in rotation?
Running, cycling, and step training are all essential workouts for getting fit and healthy, but don't forget that wellbeing also comes through training your upper limbs.
Getting this area involved in your cardio workout can offer you the same kind of advantages as traditional exercises as well as a string of unexpected benefits.
Train for longer, without running the risk of injury or overtraining.
If you decide to train your legs first and then move on to your upper limbs, you can also significantly extend your cardio session overall, because you don't concentrate your efforts on just one part of the body. The result is that, by distributing the exercise, you will burn much more fat at one time, and the next day you won't feel the muscles in that one "targeted" area burning from the exertion.
At the same time, your joints will also benefit. When moving your arms, even at a sustained pace, most of your body weight is still below the point of exertion: the force of gravity, which you have to contend with when running, for example, doesn't overload you in this scenario.
Your alternative to traditional cardio exercises
Cyclical training of the upper part of your body is the perfect alternative for stimulating your heart and circulation if a sprain, contracture, or some other problem prevents you from continuing with more common cardiovascular exercises. Even if you're seated, working the upper part of your body can deliver equivalent cardiac toning for your body.
Improve your posture, strengthening the muscles in your shoulders and back
In addition to your heart, other muscles will also benefit from your efforts: along with your arms and shoulders, you'll get your back involved, as well as your torso and stabilizer muscles, which are essential to good posture.
Balanced training of the upper limbs is therefore all you need to correct imbalances and differences in tone, improving or even preventing functional problems and constant pain caused by improper positioning.
Achieve better results in less time
Stimulating your heart and toning your muscles often requires a variety of exercises, which prolong your workout and sometimes make it difficult to complete all phases in every session, either because you get too tired or simply run out of time.
But this isn't true of cyclical exercise of the upper arms, which uses a single solution to deliver both benefits, making a slimming effect possible as well.
Are you ready to try something new?
In addition to all these benefits, moving your shoulders and arms is a winning solution for battling boredom and persevering with conviction on the path to your ideal fitness and wellness.