Any activity that increases your heart rate and sustains it for a desired period can be used to meet heart and lung exercise requirements. Generally, exercise that builds healthy heart and lung function falls into one of two broad categories . . .
Ideally, endurance work should be practiced on days when you are not weight training. If it is practiced on the same day as weight training, most people find it more effective to lift weights first. However, it is possible to combine cardio and weights together by using a circuit training method.
How much is enough endurance work, and not too much? . . .
There are three factors to consider in deciding how much exercise is enough to build and maintain a strong heart and lungs — without it becoming catabolic (the breakdown or loss of muscle and other bodily tissues). Those three factors are . . .
Here are my thoughts on various exercise options . . .
LF opinion: One common mistake is doing the exact same workout time after time. Most people get better results by cycling through their workouts using different intensity levels and, when possible, varied exercise options. Variety also reduces the chance of overuse injuries and is the antidote to boredom.
Points to remember . . .
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