Phoenix Mercury strength & conditioning coach Ben Hadley explains how much cardio exercise a woman should do each week to remain healthy.
The health concern right now in this nation, and actually all over the world, the health concern now is just getting people active and they may not necessarily be cardio, let’s say just moderate activity like mowing your lawn or, I mean, gardening or whether it’s listing weights. Just basically getting your heart rate up a little bit for 20 to 30 minutes a day, most days of the week is healthy. It is good for your heart and your vascular system. Is that going to make you trim and sexy? I mean, it just depends on how much fat you have to lose, your body type, your genetics.
There’s a lot of confusion out there about how much cardio is necessary. Typically, 20 minutes of moderate cardiovascular exercise most days of the week is going to be healthy for your heart, for your lungs, for your vascular system.
If you are looking to trim and you want to up the intensity a little bit more then you might want to go for longer periods of times at higher intensities like a high to moderate intensity for three to five times a week for instance.
About Ben Hadley:
Strength and conditioning coach Ben Hadley is in his fourth season with the Mercury administering strength and performance training as well as preventative therapy. Hadley joined the Mercury with a wealth of experience in strength training including the owner of Sgt. Hadley’s Fitness Boot Camp. Prior to joining the Mercury he spent four years with the Marine Corps as a physical fitness trainer and martial arts instructor. He has also spent four years as an exercise and wellness student at Arizona State University.