Benefits of Physical (and Spiritual) Cardio Training
By Laurette Willis –
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23 KJV). This proverb of King Solomon’s is not referring to physical cardio training, but spiritual. We want to keep watch over what we are meditating on in our heart.
Is there unforgiveness or bitterness? Envy? Worry? If so, the answer is to exercise…. Exercise forgiveness, repentance and then cast your cares upon the Lord.
Being what I call a “Fit Witness” is wonderful not only for you—but the people around you! And they will want to know your secret. You can begin explaining your blessing with words like, “by the grace of God,” and then mention how you like to combine faith and fitness (such as doing PraiseMoves or prayer-walking).
As a child of God, you are a steward or caretaker of the body the Lord has given you. Did you know your body actually belongs to Him? “For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:20 KJV). Both your spirit and your body are God’s property. Don’t let that scare you if you haven’t been taking as good care of His property as you could. Instead, realize He has a vested interest in helping you take care of your body! Ask Him to help you.
Physical Cardio Training
Cardiovascular training involves any activity that requires the use of the large muscle groups of the body in a regular and uninterrupted manner. It elevates the heart rate between 60 to 85 percent of your maximum heart rate. Some examples of cardio training include brisk walking, running, aerobics, cycling, elliptical training and rowing.
How Much Cardio
Most experts agree that cardiovascular training should last for 20 to 60 minutes, with the normal range being 30 to 40 minutes per session. Cardio should be performed a minimum of three days per week, with four to five days being optimal.
The Benefits of Cardio Training
- Burns calories
- Lose excess body fat
- Strengthens heart and lungs
- Elevates your mood—a real blues buster!
- Adds variety to your workout routine
When to Do Cardio Training
Most people find exercising earlier in the day is best. It helps them not to put it off. Some find after work is best for them. But any time you purpose to exercise is fine—just do it! Here are some tips:
- Avoid doing cardio exercises before bedtime. If you do, you may have a difficult time sleeping as the energy level of the body will be elevated for a while.
- If you are doing weight training too, try doing some cardio exercises right after, not before.
- A protein shake 30 minutes before cardio ensures you’ll have energy and won’t burn muscle protein during your workout.
- Exercise 2 hours after a larger meal.
Combine Physical and Spiritual Cardio
Select a scripture for the day and meditate on it while you are working out. Consider the scripture piece-by-piece and ask the Holy Spirit (our Teacher and Guide) to reveal hidden truths to you.
Build your faith muscles by speaking the scripture out loud as you are working out so you can hear yourself saying it. Remember, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17 KJV).
Combining these two forms of cardio exercise will thus ensure you will keep your physical and spiritual heart with all diligence.
Christian Fitness Expert Laurette Willis is the Director of PraiseMoves Fitness Ministry (http://PraiseMoves.com and on Facebook http://bit.ly/aAlS4u ). Take part in her free monthly teleseminars at http://ChristianFitnessTeleseminar.com .