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How much cardio should I start off with in my workout?

It is recommended that you perform a warm-up of five to 10 minutes, prior to engaging in greater intensity cardio training. Performing a warm-up of five to 10 minutes at a low to moderate intensity level will help prepare the body for the activity and provides benefits such as increased heart rate and respiratory rate that will increase the cardiorespiratory system's capacity to do work and increase blood flow to active muscles. Additionally, warming up will increase the tissue temperature, allowing increased rate of muscle contraction, increased metabolic rate, and increased extensibility of tissues. Finally, performing a five to 10 minute warm-up will help you mentally prepare for your work out.

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