Benefits of Sit-Ups for Cardiovascular Endurance

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Sit-ups have a number of key benefits for cardiovascular endurance that you're going to want to learn about. Find out about the various benefits of sit-ups for cardiovascular endurance with help from a certified Pilates instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Sarah from Pilates by Sarah Luna. Today, we're going to talk about the benefits of doing sit-ups for cardiovascular endurance. Now, generally, using sit ups to improve your cardiovascular endurance doesn't really count because it doesn't increase your heart rate significantly enough. However, if done correctly and with proper technique and breathing, you can indirectly improve your cardiovascular endurance and strength. So, I'm going to teach you the Pilates hundreds which will help with this improvement. Go ahead and lay down on your back. Take your legs out to a 45-degree angle off of the floor. Pull in on your abdominals and lift your chest off of the ground. Lengthen your arms down and go ahead and start pulsing those arms up and down, engaging the triceps. You're going to make the rhythm of your arms match the rhythm of your breath. Breathing in five times with the breath and exhaling five times. Repeat this breath cycle ten times in total, increasing your lung capacity every time, engaging the abdominals even more with every exhale. If you continue with this exercises everyday, you'll notice that your lung capacity has increased and that your blood flows through your body much more easily. This will definitely help you with your cardiovascular exercises and translate into better workouts. Good luck and enjoy!

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