Do you dread going on the treadmill? Can't find the motivation to go outside for a walk? Today we're talking cardio: the best forms, how long you should do it, and tips for long-term success.
First, there really is no best form of cardio. Running, rowing, swimming, walking, etc. all have their pros and cons. Some get your heart rate higher, while others are better for your joints. Your goals & injuries also come into play. If you're older, low-impact activities are a better choice: swimming, walking, light yardwork, etc. If you're younger, you can participate in some of the higher-impact activities: running, any jumping, etc. These are general recommendations for most people, they are not absolutes.
The minimum recommendation for adults for cardio is 75 minutes of vigorous activity or 150 minutes of moderate activity per week. You can also do a combination of both. Additionally, more activity does yield more results. You should factor in your schedule when making a time commitment. Maybe it's more convenient for you to go for a run on your lunch. Or maybe you like getting up early and going for a bike ride as the sun rises. Make a time commitment and stick to it, it will help in the long-run.
Ultimately, the best form of cardio is going to be different for everyone. There is no better form of cardio than others, the most important part is that you do it! Pick any activity that you love and is appropriate for your fitness level. Make a time commitment that's suitable for your lifestyle and schedule and most importantly, HAVE FUN! The goal here is to make this a sustainable long-term habit!