Developing Your Cardio Routine

Developing Your Cardio Routine

Matthew Harackiewicz, EP-C, BS, ACSM

 

One of the most common questions I receive as an Exercise Physiologist is, “What is the best form of cardio for the average person?” My answer is always the same, which is that the best form of cardio for the average person is an activity that they enjoy the most, performed with consistency. 

This does not necessarily mean that someone trying to achieve excellent cardiovascular health should run several miles a day. For those who aren’t big fans of running, there are many other aerobic activities a person can perform to improve their heart health. For example, walking 18 holes for a round of golf can produce cardiovascular benefits, along with swimming, hiking, bike riding, and more.

Cardiovascular health is absolutely essential for every person in order to decrease the risk of the number one cause of death in America: heart disease. Whatever aerobic activity you feel best fits your lifestyle, and one you can do consistently is the best form of cardio for a healthy heart. As a reminder, resistance training should also be completed a few times per week along with aerobic exercise to maintain and increase lean body mass and help burn fat.