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.
It is determined by intensity, duration and frequency. A vigorous cardiovascular workout (cycling, running, swimming, etc.) certainly counts as a workout. Why are you counting?
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.
It all depends on YOUR definition of “workout day”. I usually consider any planned exercise, a workout, so technically a cardio day would be considered a “workout day”.
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.
Of course it counts! Depending on how much time you have in your schedule, it’s great to have a dedicated day for cardio. Remember, it can be a class like kickboxing or spinning. I think that you can use this opportunity to also focus on stretching or yoga afterwards, centering yourself.
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!
In a word “yes.” A “workout” can generally be defined as any exercise routine. That being said, the concept of a workout is also very subjective and relative to what a person “normally” does for exercise. For example, a marathon runner may NOT consider a 3-mile run for a workout at all, but may consider lifting weights for 15-minutes a real workout. Relatively and subjectivity are the keys when trying to define what a workout consists of.