A cardio workout is any exercise that increases your heart rate and keeps it elevated for a sustained period of time.
The key to a good cardio fitness plan is to pick something you enjoy that will get your heart rate up. There is no one particular activity that is better than another. The best exercise for you is the one you'll enjoy and stick with.
If you're planning to train for a specific event like a 5K, then you'll want to plan your cardio based on preparation for that but, in any case, variety, or cross training, is important. Even if you're using only one type of machine or exercise, you can still add variety. You don't have to run the same 3 mile loop or do the same elliptical program every day! You can change effort levels or do intervals or change any aspect of the exercise just a little. Don't overthink it, just do something!
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