All About Cardio Training
What is Cardio Training?
Cardio training is to improve heart fitness. Good heart fitness means you can pump blood very well to your body. Cardio training involves exercising at a constant moderate level of intensity for a certain amount of time. That can include running, jogging, biking, swimming, and jump roping.
Why Cardio Training is Important
With regular cardio training, you can get the following benefits:
- Lower risk for heart disease and failure
- Lower risk for diabetes
- Lower risk for cancer
- Lower total body fat (if your nutrition is also healthy)
- ...and much more!
Getting just a small amount of cardio into your weekly fitness routine can greatly improve your health and mental well-being.
What You Should Know
Just like strength training, you need to have a workout plan to succeed in your cardio training. When you are trying to design a good cardio training plan, think about the following:
- Mode: what activity you want to do (running, swimming, biking, etc.)
- Frequency: how many times you train per week; aim for 2-5 times per week
- Duration: how long you train; aim for 15-60 minutes
- Intensity: how hard you train; aim for a challenging pace, but not too hard where you feel dizzy
Summary and Recommendations
Make sure to have a workout plan that is doable and fun!
Derek Chang graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah. Go Utes! He was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He aspires to become a physician-entrepreneur to find and create new ways of improving overall patient health. He enjoys skiing, hiking, camping, reading books, meeting new people, and learning anything new.