General Cardiovascular Training Guidelines
Set an exercise pace that feels good to you. Rate your level of exertion by the Rate of Perceived Exertion scale (range of six to 20 with six being very, very light, and 20 being very, very hard). Attempt to maintain an RPE in the 12 to 14 range. See the General Exercise Guidelines factsheet for additional exercise recommendations.
Vary cardiovascular training to prevent boredom and avoid muscle imbalance by using a variety of machines (appropriate to level of ability). General cardiovascular exercise can be done daily and is recommended at least three to four days per week for 20 to 60 minutes per session.
The following are examples of cardiovascular exercise options:
- Aquatic fitness classes
- Stationary recumbent or upright bicycle