Cardiovascular (CV) exercise is important. It has a boatload of benefits and rewards. Also, like any other reward, there are risks. Below is a list of the benefits and hazards of CV activity.

CV Benefits

1. Strengthen heart

2. Lower blood pressure

3. Reduce risk of heart disease

4. Improve circulation

5. Increase energy

6. Improve CV health

7. Improve recovery

8. Decrease body fat

9. Change body composition

10. Increase endurance

CV Hazards

1. Repetitious (lacking variety)

2. Veering from center of treadmill

3. Losing focus and falling

4. Poor running form

5. Improper footwear

6. Missing step on stepmill

7. Running heavy on feet

8. Running loaded

9. Loose form on rower (using lower back)

10. Improper biomechanical alignment (bike, elliptical, etc)

CV activity is an important component of wellness. I prefer to do cardio training (intervals, circuits, boxing, etc.) over cardio equipment (treadmill, bike, etc). Regardless of the mode and type, we all must improve our health with a stronger heart.