Staying in shape can take many different forms, and we offer many classes so you can find the one that’s right for you. From running to swimming, yoga to spin class, there are many ways to get your heart pumping. Cardiovascular exercise is important to your health and longevity. That’s why it’s important to find an exercise style that works for you.
You may find running and other forms of traditional cardio tedious or too hard on your joints. Luckily, you have many different options! You may think of weight training as a toning technique not a cardio exercise, but fortunately, with kettlebell training, it’s both!
What is a Kettlebell?
So what is a kettlebell and how do you use it? The kettlebell, called the girya in its native Russia, is an iron or cast steel weight. It looks like a flat-bottomed metal ball with a handle. You use it by “swinging” the kettlebell with one or both arms. Kettlebells can also be incorporated to add extra challenge or weight-training elements to a variety of other exercises, such as push-ups and stretching.
Here are some of the benefits:
- The best of all worlds: kettlebell training combines cardio, strength and flexibility training. The movement of a kettlebell workout involves your whole body. Swinging the kettlebell raises your pulse, which makes it an effective cardio workout. The stretching you do increases flexibility, and the weight of the kettlebell offers the benefits of weight training: strength and toning.
- Avoid boredom: the fast-paced movement and variety of exercises keeps things exciting, sparing high-energy exercisers the monotony of long trail runs or endless laps.
- Stretch it out: while yoga is an amazing workout, some people find it difficult to hold the poses for a long time. Kettlebell training keeps things moving, stretching you naturally throughout the workout.
- Fat loss: kettlebell training burns a lot of calories and builds muscle, making it the ultimate fat- burning workout.
- Work different muscle groups: traditional weights like bar bells are great, but they work in isolation exercises, which target specific muscle groups. The off-center weight of the kettlebell works on many muscles, including often ignored ones.
Kettlebell training gives you the ultimate payoff for the work you put in, making it a great solution for busy people who want to make the most of their workout. The many benefits make this a great heart healthy and all over fitness activity. Try it today!
How to Use this Information
We offer many classes to get your heart pumping, and we invite you to try one of them today! If you have any questions about your cardiovascular health, talk to the experts at South Denver Cardiology. Call 303-744-1065, or visit our website and schedule an appointment!