Cardio is usually people’s least favorite thing to do in the gym. However, it’s critical to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system. These would be the guidelines I use to determine cardio amounts👇
1️⃣Frequency: 1-7 Times per week will be best depending on the exercise. Obviously that’s a large range, but that’s for a reason. Things like walking for 10 minutes could be done everyday, whereas if you’re looking to gain muscle, a 45 minute jog might not be the best thing to do 7 days a week. The harder the exercise, generally the less it should be done.
2️⃣Variation: There are many types of cardio that can be done. Walking, jogging, sprinting, cycling, basketball, HIIT circuits, and many, many more. Just pick something that gets you moving for a little while and do it a couple times per week. Cardio doesn’t have to be complicated.
3️⃣Benefits: The impacts of being in good cardiovascular shape are huge. You’ll recover faster from workouts, you’ll be able to do more overall exercise, and you’ll be at a lower risk of many diseases! Plus, it’ll help you stay a little leaner year round 💪
👉For myself personally, I like to do sprints at least once a week and a HIIT circuit once a week. Every other week or so, I’ll mix in a 20-30 minute jog, but there’s no reason to go overboard with it. Keep it simple 👍