Here's a fun little way to measure your cardio "Zone". If you can sing (or hum) ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT GENTLY DOWN THE STREAM, then you are not working hard enough. If you can barely get through the 3rd ROW, you are working too hard. Simplistic I know but it's a good gauge. If you want to go hardcore, get yourself a heart-rate monitor. A decent one will cost you around $40. Be safe and be well!
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You could just quick track and get credit for the minutes.
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Cardio activity should be those activities that elevate your heart rate between 60-85% of your max heart rate in relation to large, rhythmic muscle activity which in turn leads to a greater demand of oxygen consumption. Walking and kayaking can be cardio for some people.
For me as a runner, casual walking does not meet the criteria listed above, however that does not mean I am not burning more calories than say watching TV. I consider these types of activities a bonus to my other activities.
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THe most important thing is the activity, the tracking is sort of secondary. Generally, I consider exercises that bring my HR up as cardio. Sure ST can do that too, so it's a matter of judgment. Regardless, it's lovely that you have such a cool activity to do!
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Hello all, I just entered my two hours of kayaking from this morning and it was listed under the cardio section of the trackers. I know that at times kayaking can be strenuous but I am thinking that when I add my cardio I am going to NOT consider walking and kayaking as my cardio exercise. I think that for me kayaking is more of a strength building exercise. I think I am going to only include running for my cardio. Any thoughts on this? I am thinking I should only add activities that raise my heart rate significantly. What are your standards for an activity to be considered a true cardio exercise? Have a great day everyone.
By creating an exercise routine based on your individual needs and abilities, as well as taking some precautionary measures, you can reduce your risk of injury and make exercise an enjoyable part of your daily routine.
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