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.
Any day that you get “off the couch” and do something other than watch TV is a workout day…Cardio in any form is just as much considered exercise and workout as is strength training and has benefits as well. Some benefits of cardio exercise:
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.