Why you should include Cardio in your routine

August 27, 2017

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Why you should include Cardio in your routine  

When you workout, do you include some cardio exercises? 

Whether you are working at the gym lifting weights or working at home trying to get a six-pack; if you really want to have a complete and effective routine you should do some cardio as well.  And in this post, I'm going to tell you why.

Most people believe doing cardio is just for people who want to lose some weight, and if your goal ain´t losing weight then you don´t need to do it.

This is totally wrong;  cardio does help to lose weight but is not the only reason you should do it.

The main purpose of cardio is to oxygenize your body for a better blood circulation and prepares the body for a more intense workout, not to mention it helps to improve your physical condition.

Doing cardio also helps to level fundamental aspects in your body like the insulin level in your blood, helps in the production of proteins and produces endorphins.

Cardio is not only running, using an elliptical machine or mounting a bike, there is plenty cardio exercises like:

.jumping jacks
.rope jumping
.squat jumps
.skier jumps
.march in place
.jogging in place
.lateral step

Just to name a few ...

When should you do cardio before or after the routine? 

I personally like to do cardio at the beginning of my workout routine as my warm-up.  But if I'm working only on my core I like to combine cardio with sit-ups.
for some people who lift weights, they prefer to do it after they finish their workout, to accelerate the metabolism and burn more fat.

It will really depend on you and what kind of routine you are doing.

How long does the cardio routine should last?

A good cardio routine should last at least 30 minutes, but if you are starting 10 to 15 minutes it's ok. The purpose of doing cardio is to activate or keep your body active and not overtrain it with intense exercises.

Next time you are working out don´t forget to do your cardio. 


  1. I always start out my workouts with 20 minutes of cardio just to get my heart up. I usually end up doing a quick 10 minute cool walk after weight lifting too.

  2. I like to do at least 30 minutes of cardio when I workout, and right now, I'm actually mainly focusing on cardio to burn more calories. Thanks for this helpful post!

  3. This is such fantastic advice. I do a 15-20 minute work out every morning but to be fair I'm more concerned about toning than cardio... But you're right, I need to be more thoughtful about inside my body rather than just outside. I really appreciate the tips.

  4. I never could manage 30 minutes, but good to know that even 10 minutes helps me. I try to do it after my exercise too.

  5. Well said. Cardio is also great for upping the resting metabolism so a win-win all the way!

  6. I always do some form of cardio before I lift weights, and often times, cardio is the only thing I do at the gym because I like it so much.


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