Following on from my previous post, this post is all about that Cardio! An essential component of any training regime, cardio has SO many benefits- and certainly not just aesthetic based.
There are many, many forms of cardio- bodyweight, HIIT, LISS etc- and the aim of this post is to break these terms down and help you pull together an effective, enjoyable cardio programme.
Ok, so firstly- its fine to do a “pure cardio” training session, and it’s equally fine if you are planning on combining weights and cardio into one session- I often do this as I am generally very strapped for time. If you are doing cardio and weights in the same session please ensure to complete your weights first please- this will ensure that you are fresh enough to keep proper form and properly complete sets and reps, as it can be all to “get the weights out the way” as well as all too tempting to reduce reps/set, and to not keep that form in check once you are tired from cardio.
So, some of the main cardio training methods and their benefits are:
After a cardio workout, it is SO important to take time and properly down. We are all so guilty (me included) of skipping that vital cooldown in order to rush home/back to work/out for the evening but please, please, please, even if it means shaving 5 minutes off your planned session time- always cool down! A cool down allows you to bring your heart rate back down to pre exercise levels, as well as improving your recovery process by progressively slowing the body down after an intense session- it can also help with injury prevention!