How Much Cardio Should I Be Doing?

We're constantly hearing about how important cardio is. For some people cardio is the best part of their workout. And for other people like weight lifters, cardio is their least favorite. So how much cardio is really necessary?

For the people who like a slimmer, less visibly toned body, they may consider doing 80% cardio and 20% weight training. Women in particular usually choose to take part in more cardiovascular activity and less weight training to avoid “bulking up” or having too much muscle mass. Cardio keeps the heart rate up for a certain amount of time and promotes fat loss. It also helps increase energy, stamina, and muscle endurance. However, too much cardio and not enough weight training can be straining on your joints.

If you are someone who prefers to lift weights during your workout, you should be sure to get your cardio in as well. While weight lifting is great for building strength, muscle shape, and burning fat, cardio will keep your body mobile and keep your endurance high. Doing cardio for 20-30 minutes either before weight training or on your off days will keep your body balanced.

The truth is there is no wrong or right amount of cardio or weight training that you should be doing. It depends on your body goals, what type of athlete you are, or what you simply like. However you should know that you won’t get “bulky” from lifting light to medium weights. According to “Proper weight training will increase the strength and endurance of your muscles, which will improve your cardiovascular efficiency and burn more calories and fat in the process.” And if you’re a devoted weight lifter, just know that cardio will not burn or get rid of your muscle unless you are doing extreme high intensity cardio or working out on an empty stomach. “A healthy combination of strength and cardio training will allow your body to perform at its best, letting the two systems complement each other rather than compete.”

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