CV Homework: top 3 barriers and to how overcome them


  1. Not knowing the value of it 

What is your cardiovascular system?

+ Your lungs provide an internal site where oxygen is diffused into the blood.

+ Your heart is the central pump where oxygen in the blood is propelled off to its various destinations.

+ Your muscles are the delivery destination where oxygen is diffused and combined with fuel to provide energy.

Why is cardiovascular (CV) training important?

The two main umbrella goals of cardiovascular training are:

  1. To enhance your cardiovascular system’s capacity to deliver oxygen from your lungs, to your heart and proximally to your muscles
  2. To develop your active muscles’ capacity to consume and utilise oxygen

Condition-specific CV training benefits:

Cardiac care 

  • It increases the heart’s strength and efficiency
  • It improves the volume of oxygen delivered to the heart
  • It improves the efficiency of the lungs and muscles, reducing heart strain.
  • It improves heart rate control

Cancer care

  • It increases energy levels
  • It increases immune function
  • It offsets the side effects of treatment
  • It improves the effectiveness of chemotherapy

Health care

  • It reduces blood pressure
  • It reduces body fat %
  • It reduces LDL cholesterol
  • It helps manage blood sugar levels
  • It increases confidence
  • It reduces anxiety
  1. A lack of time

What’s your most common excuse? Whether it’s work, children, too dark, too miserable outside or you’re going abroad, we believe that your health is your no.1. all-time, top, most pressing priority. The plain truth is that without it, you soon won’t be able to do the other things either. The best recipe for success is to arrange your exercise at the top of your to-do-list and as far in advance as possible, and don’t just pencil it in. Get your CES to help you with this. That’s what were here for.

Many of you may experience little control over your current health, however your cardiovascular exercise is something that you can control and long-term, it will allow you to regain control once more.

“We first make our habits, then our habits make us” – John Dryden

  1. “I just didn’t feel like it”

Exercise is something you might not have initially enjoyed. You might still dislike it (for those of you that have always loved exercise, this should never be an excuse). Find a mode of exercise – whether it’s running, walking, cycling, swimming, rowing or cross-training – that fits your personality and life routine. If it motivates you out the door and into your heart rate zone, then it’s more likely to last. Again, your CES can help you with whatever it takes get you in the habit.

If you find exercising boring then find something to do during it, such as:

  • Learning a new language
  • Watching a boxset
  • Watching the news
  • Playing music
  • Playing podcasts
  • Watching TED talks
  • Watching comedy
  • Inviting someone to exercise at the same time as you

If you work in your heart rate training zone, physiologically you will feel better post-exercise. We understand that you all lead very busy, demanding lives, however the prescription of CV training is to help with those daily demands by increasing your energy levels and decreasing your physiological response to life’s stressors.

The first step is acknowledging the barriers, the second is finding a solution and the third is embracing the challenge.  We’re here to help you succeed every step of the way.