Cardio is a type of exercise that raises your heart rate. It’s also a great way to trigger fat burn throughout your day so you get the most out of your workouts. But when is the best time to fit it in?
They say Cardiovascular activity (cardio) is best done first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. But really the best time to do it is whenever you can do it. Better to have a late cardio day than no cardio at all.
You have to fit it into your schedule whenever and if possible, have a day dedicated specifically to it. If separating the weights and cardio does not fit into your schedule, you can combine the weights and cardio in the same workout. The workout first and cardio at the end.
Where possible, try to have leg days as ‘Off Cardio Days’.
Why is cardio important?
I’m not sure if you knew, but about 610,000 Americans die every year due to heart problems. Cardio workouts do more than just help you burn fat. It helps your body to reduce your risk of heart attacks and disease by lowering high cholesterol and high blood pressure as well as assist the body in preventing obesity, diabetes and some forms of cancer. So the more laps you go about, the happier and healthier your heart becomes.
No weekly routine can be complete without a cardio day. If you want to burn fat and have more energy, you need to increase your blood circulation for your body to work properly and cardio definitely does that.
Some cardio exercises are:
- Jumping Rope
- Stair Climber
Just 2 minutes on each one and you’ll be sweating buckets and your heart racing!
The benefits of cardio are truly endless and no matter how busy your week is, it’s always good to give your heart a bit of a race every week to keep a good healthy blood flow and circulation (which is literally the most important function of the body!) that will help you perform better daily.
The truth is it should be one of those nonnegotiable actions you want to adapt to your weekly ritual. It can save your life!