Essential reading: Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The principles in this book are foundational for successful living. One of the ideas from this book has to do with today’s topic: cardio workouts.
So what does a cardio workout look like? First, a cardio workout should happen three days per week. This may seem like a lot – it’s almost every other day. But that brings us to our second component – duration. A cardio workout needs to be 20 minutes long to have any cardiovascular benefits. Walking? 20 minutes. On the bike? 20 minutes. Running or jogging? 20 minutes. Combination of theses? 20 minutes.
It’s important to remember that every aspect of your exercise program should be seen as a progression towards something more challenging. I’m not suggesting that you’ll be running 90 minutes for seven days per week. But I am insisting that you push yourself a little bit each month. That’s right, each month. More later.
In review, a cardio workout is:
- the Big Rock in your exercise program
- should start at 20 minutes of activity
- should happen three days per week
Simple, right? Start with these guidelines or leave me a message in the comments section and we can discuss your fitness training.
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In our next post, we’ll discuss strength training.