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.