While I focus a lot of my blog posts on the benefits of strength training, cardio workouts definitely have their place in any healthy and fit person’s life.
Cardiovascular exercise is not only proven to improve your mood by releasing endorphins, it also reduces your appetite, strengthens your heart, lowers your blood pressure, and promotes weight loss.
So what kind of cardio do I recommend and how much should you do?
Well, how much you should do varies depending on your goal. If you are trying to build muscle mass you should not do hours of cardio on end.
I usually recommend 30-75 minutes of vigorous cardio to an athletic person.
What is vigorous cardio?
Stair-master, running FAST, playing basketball ball intensely, swimming laps, HIIT workouts (see previous post), boxing, or cycle classes.
For moderate cardio you can do around two hours.
What do I consider moderate?
walking, jogging, elliptical, stationary bike, etc.
The important thing is to sweat and move! Always consult a doctor before beginning a new cardio routine.