Your face is dripping, your fight-or-flight response has kicked in, and now you're thinking...how is this actually benefiting me? Aside from just weight loss benefits, there are numerous benefits that come from a regular cardio workout.
Your heart is a muscle just like any other muscle in your body. If not given a regular workout, it can weaken anytime. Simply increasing your heart rate for at least 30 minutes can significantly strengthen the heart and help protect yourself against heart related illness. By getting your heart pumping at a faster rate (and on a regular basis), you'll keep it healthy and in shape.
Improvements in Hormone Profiles
Cardio workouts release positive endorphins, "feel good hormones", that have considerable impact on your overall health. These feel good hormones will help alleviate the symptoms of depression and fatigue as well as releasing hormones that will suppress your appetite. These stress-relief hormones can be extremely beneficial to your overall outlook on life, simply because of the positive effect these hormones have.
Half of the world's population suffers from some sort of sleep disorder. A study published by The National Sleep Foundation found that individuals who performed cardio exercises at least 3 times a week fell asleep 54% faster and slept 37% longer than individuals who did not. Most of us know the importance of getting enough sleep at night is important for important for productivity, mood, and overall health. So getting sweaty during the day should make for a much easier lights out.
Not only does cardio speed up your heart rate, but it also increases the rate of different processes throughout the body...your metabolism being one. The more intense your cardio session is, the more noticeable increase you'll see in your metabolic rate. An increased metabolism also means an easier time maintaining your weight (or losing weight).