How Much Cardio Do You Need?

How Much Cardio Do You Need?

We’ve heard it all: you need to get in 5,000 steps per day, you need 30 minutes of cardio per day, you need to stay in the “fat burning zone” during workouts, you need rigorous cardio as well as moderate cardio. So what’s the right answer? And what type of cardio is best?

Heart disease and stroke are among the largest killers of adults in the United States. Obesity affects over 1.9 billion Americans. Clearly, cardiovascular health is important, but creating the best fitness plan for your body and goals can be confusing.

According to the American Heart Association, in order to improve overall cardiovascular health, you should do about 30 minutes of moderate cardio five times per week, or 25 minutes of vigorous cardio three times a week. Adopting a cardio routine following these general guidelines can help keep your heart healthy, improve circulation, prevent heart disease, lower stress levels, improve sleep, and more.

So what if you are trying to lose weight or inches? That answer is not as straightforward. Although cardio is great for burning calories, a total weight-loss plan also needs to consider a healthy diet as well as a strength-training regimen. Our clients often express concern that strength training will make them “big and bulky.” The truth is that gaining muscle mass can not only lead to a slimmer appearance, but it can also help you burn calories faster.

Here at IM=X Pilates and Fitness, we believe that it is important to incorporate cardiovascular training into all of our workouts, and have provided endless formats accessible for all ages and abilities. In addition to cardio benefits, every session also includes strength-training, stabilization techniques, flexibility training and active-assisted Range of Motion exercises for improved functional performance and reduced injury. By incorporating all of these aspects into one workout, you can achieve your cardio and cross-trianing goals all under one roof. And most importantly, IM=X Pilates routines are low-impact so that you don’t risk a setback in your training due to injury.

Schedule an Introductory Session today to discuss your goals with an IM=X Pilates and Fitness trainer, who can help you customize the best plan to fit your lifestyle, schedule, needs and goals. We can’t wait to meet you! Find a Studio Near You.