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How often should I do cardio during hockey season?

The frequency with which you do cardio during hockey season depends on how often you are playing. If you are playing three to four times a week, then using a stationary bike to rest the inner thigh and other muscles that may be overworked is a good idea. Since the games are high intensity (anaerobic), doing additional high-intensity cardio could lead to overtraining. On the off days, doing 20-30 minutes of low to medium-intensity cardio is best to help with active recovery and prevent overtraining. During low-intensity cardio, you should be able to easily hold a conversation such as during fast walking or slow jogging. During medium-intensity cardio, you should still be able to hold a conversation, but it should be difficult such as during fast jogging. If you are only playing hockey one to two times a week, then adding some high-intensity interval training will help improve your conditioning. During high-intensity cardio, you should become breathless and not be able to talk in complete sentences such as during a sprint. To perform high-intensity interval training for hockey, you can use a slide board or treadmill to do 45 seconds of high-intensity activity and 115 seconds of low-intensity activity for 5 to 10 rounds. It is important to have at least one to two days off from exercise to allow for recovery, especially as the season progresses.

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