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How Do You Measure Your Cardio Workouts?

When I'm doing cardio to burn calories and get my heart rate up, I tend to measure my workout by distance. I have mapped my runs so I know the distances. I ride with a bike computer that lets me know my trip distance — very gratifying. When I swim, I like to measure by laps. I used to measure by time, but I find that having a distance in mind is a great goal and it makes me push a little harder.

When doing cardio, you've got to measure your workout somehow so you know when it's complete. So tell me . . .

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runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 8 years
I really go by distance and time, maintaining a good rate.
syako syako 8 years
Always distance. Which is why I get so frustrated taking spin classes because I have no clue what "virtual" distance I've pedaled during my 45-minute classes. I'm really considering buying a heart rate monitor to measure my cardio that way.
CoronaLove CoronaLove 8 years
Same as laellavita by the number of songs played on my ipod.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 8 years
All three and my heart rate. :)
MandeeLei MandeeLei 8 years
Calories burned/time. I really don't care how far I've gone. I try to burn X amount of calories through cardio and if I can't finish and get them all in then I know I will be adding that total to the next session.
iheartkerning iheartkerning 8 years
Distance AND time: miles per hour! On my bike, that is. I'm trying to build up to an average speed of 20mph, currently I'm at about 16. I go for as long as possible, usually whatever my schedule permits (if it's less than 2 hours though, I usually won't bother). When I get to 20mph (and stumble across a large sum of money...) I will invest in a PowerTap for my bike so I can measure in Watts. PowerTaps however start at about a grand, though...
cg130 cg130 8 years
Usually time, sometimes calories.
wiggle wiggle 8 years
by time when i am on a treadmill, miles if i am running outside.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 8 years
On weekday mornings I measure by time, since it's limited. But on the weekends I'll keep going until I get tired, and then I keep going until I get to the end of that mile.
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 8 years
Timed intervals--HIIT is my best cardio friend.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 8 years
If it's on an elliptical or any machine at the gym, I measure by time. Running outside, by distance.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I generally go by time, since I'm usually working out on the elliptical or the bike. If I'm running, I'll go by distance. I don't usually stop working out just because I feel like it, though...I suck it up and keep on going until time's up.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
Oh revolutions!! I never thought of that! I'll have to count and see if that's what it is.
DivaDivine DivaDivine 8 years
Calories burned. I set a goal for say, 500 calories and don't stop until I get there.
weffie weffie 8 years
I stop when the dog gets too tired haha, he lets me know when our runs are over by lying on the sidewalk and making me carry him home :) @Yogaforlife, I don't know how fast you're going but could it be 250 revolutions? More like a step counter than distance?
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i typically go by distance. once i've hit a certain number of miles - i'll stop...unless it's on the bike and then i'll go by time since my speed on a bike can vary more than my running speed.
xtinabeena xtinabeena 8 years
distance when i'm doing track intervals time when i'm going on a longer run or bike ride.
runningesq runningesq 8 years
for swimming: distance for running: both, kind of for biking: time and my training sked dictates all of it !
darc5204 darc5204 8 years
I usually measure by distance if I'm running, by time for everything else. However, the distance or time at which I stop often involves mood.
julea julea 8 years
time and distance. well, i guess mostly distance when I run, though i do have a time goal. time when i go to the gym.
kclulu kclulu 8 years
Time or distance depending on my goal. When I am running I generally go for distance, but if I am not training for anything I tend tp run for a particular length of time and however far I go is how far I go. So I guess when it comes down to it, it depends on my mood:)
1apple 1apple 8 years
Distance, but also calories because I enjoy knowing how many I burn.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
a mix of all three!!!!
laellavita laellavita 8 years
If I'm running outside, I usually run about the same distance, but while I'm running, I measure it by how many songs have played so far. I tell myself, one more song, one more song, run for one more song, when I'm feeling sluggish, and it usually gets me through.
jessicaeden jessicaeden 8 years
I usually run outside and measure by distance; occasionally I run on the treadmill and then I measure by time.
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