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.
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:).
Workout days, for me, is every day you engage in a planned fitness routine. Cardio-only day is one.
“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…