Does cardio count as a "workout day" or just days that I am weight lifting?
I am on a 3 day split routine (chest and triceps Mondays, back and biceps Wednesdays and shoulders and legs Fridays) with Cardio on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.
I am taking some new suppliments (creatine) that have directions to take on "workout days" so I am trying to figure out if cardio days count or just my lifting days.
When it comes to your creatine supplement, saying to take it on your workout days, they're usually meaning to take it on days you lift weights. Our body naturally creates creatine phosphate, and uses it as our "immediate energy system". This energy system is used during high-intensity, short duration bouts of exercises, such as: 40-100 meter sprint, first few reps of a power/heavy lift. So taking a creatine supplement will benefit your intense training bouts, and help recovery in between sets. Creatine would help you with your cardio if and only if you were performing HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), as this type of cardio requires high amounts of effort/energy, and utilizes glycolysis as well as your immediate (creatine phosphate) energy system.
"Creatine is a natural substance found in our muscle cells, especially around the skeletal muscle (about 95% of the body's creatine supply) with the remaining 5% stored in other parts of the body. Creatine is a metabolite produced in the body which mainly consists of three amino acids - methionine, arginine, and glycine...We can also get creatine by taking it as a dietary supplement...Creatine monohydrate is a dietary supplement that athletes and many bodybuilders use to increase high intensity exercise performance, increase strength, have fuller looking muscles, increase body mass and have faster post workout muscle recovery." -http://www.creatine-monohydrate.org/
When I do Cardio, I work it intensly from 30 to 60 minutes. Don't take Cardio lightly, work it...
I believe the folks selling the product are defining "workout" day as your strength training (isotonic) days. To be certain I suggest you call the number located on the product and/or contact the website (usually listed on product). It's always best to ask the source. Technically from a personal training perspective cardiovascular conditioning and strength training are both considered "workouts". P.S. Watch the "sugar" content in your creatine product. Compare various brands. You will see that some have more sugar and others not. Less is more in this case:).
Helps with weight loss
Makes your heart and lungs stronger
Increased bone density
Reduced risk of heart disease and some types of cancer
Temporary relief from depression and anxiety
Helps you sleep
Gives you more energy
A good workout schedule should always include cardio and even on the days you do weight lifting you may want to incorporate a 10 minute warmup of cardio such as the treadmill or elliptical.
Before taking supplements, I always recommend you find a doctor that is well versed with them and do bloodwork if necessary. They may have other ideas for you to help.
Be proud of yourself for being all over it!
And I would also ask why are you taking supplemental creatine? What is your goal? Is it to enhance your power capability? At best, it's temporary.