Some form of cardio exercise should be a part of almost all of your workouts, but occasionally it’s a good idea to set aside a day just for cardio training. This adjustment can help burn off any extra calories you’ve accumulated, help dig into your fat reserve, and/or help tone your body.
On your cardio day, you want to weave in a diverse group of exercises that will elevate your heart rate through sustained periods or reps (in a way) of movement. For example, running is great for one of your cardio exercises, but you can broaden your horizons by adding different exercises into the mix. Cycling, the eliptical, the stair stepper, sit-ups, jumping jacks, sprints, running backwards, squat thrusts, lateral slides, punching and kicking, and swimming are just some of the things you can do to take your fitness to the next level.
Aim for 50 to 70 minutes for workout and limit your time in any one exercise segment to 20-25 minutes. After an exercise, let your heart rate decelerate by walking. Next, drink some cold water and allow yourself to recover for up to 5 minutes (depends on your intensity) before moving on.
If you don’t already, throw a pure cardio workout in every 2-3 weeks. Weight loss, increased endurance, toning of the body, and better overall legs will be your rewards.
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