February! Lots of love and hearts all over in celebration of Valentine’s Day and National heart health month. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in American men and women. In order to celebrate healthy hearts and join the cause to spread awareness all of February’s workout Thursdays will be devoted to cardio!
Cardio workout basics
Cardiovascular exercise also called cardiorespiratory exercise (or aerobic exercise) consists of movement that increases your heart rate and oxygen consumption. It not only helps you lose or maintain your weight but also improves heart and lung health, builds endurance, burns calories and fat, and reduces stress. Cardio workouts might include running, walking, cycling, swimming, boxing, rowing, and dancing. Anything that elevates your heart rate is considered aerobic exercise, even weight lifting can be a cardio workout!
According to the American College of Sports Medicine the average adult should participate in at least 150 minutes of moderate cardio exercise each week. Recommended times include 30-60 minutes of moderate intensity 5 days a week or 20- 60 minutes of vigorous intensity 3 days a week. As time progresses, change the type of cardio you do along with the amount of time you do it for and intensity level, to prevent injury and maintain interest. Any exercise is better than none and these are just guidelines to give a general understanding of cardio exercise.
Before making any big lifestyle or exercise changes, you should consult your doctor. Despite the fact that I am a personal trainer, the advice I give is generic and not tailored to any one individual. Before embarking on any new endeavour, seek advice from an expert.
Are you ready to get a good workout in? If you’re looking for some inspiration for your next cardio session, here seem to be a few previous ones I’ve posted.