car·​dio | \ ˈkär-dē-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce cardio (audio) \

Definition of cardio

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: cardiovascular sense 2 cardio exercises



Definition of cardio (Entry 2 of 2)

: cardiovascular exercise 30 minutes of cardio daily

Examples of cardio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Keep scrolling for the details on how to do today’s cardio-core interval workout! Rozalynn S. Frazier, SELF, 30 Dec. 2021 Some research suggests that it’s associated with cardio-metabolic risk factors such as atherosclerosis (disease of the arteries) and endothelial dysfunction (a type of nonobstructive coronary artery disease). Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 He had been treated for emphysema for years and died after being taken to a hospital emergency room with cardio-respiratory complications, his wife, Blanca Reyes, said. Sam Roberts, New York Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Dick’s Sporting Goods: Save up to 50% on cardio equipment and gym gear, like this Sole E35 elliptical, now $1,499.99 marked down from $2,599.99. Ariel Scotti, Forbes, 1 June 2021 The state realized that defense counsel Eric Nelson had plenty to work with on the medical front: Floyd’s drug use and underlying cardio-pulmonary conditions. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 9 Apr. 2021 Pretty much anything that is outdoor and cardio works in Aspen. Shivani Vora, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2021 Former Dodgers pitcher Stan Williams died Saturday at age 84 after battling a cardio-pulmonary illness, according to a Dodgers spokesman. Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2021 This 28 year old contestant is from Cypress, California and is a cardio-surgical ICU nurse, per her Instagram. Martha Sorren,, 18 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Any weight loss program should combine healthy eating choices with cardio or strength training, both of which are effectively at burning fat per new research. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 29 Dec. 2021 Ranging from Pilates to yoga, strength to stretch, cardio to PT and dance, use credits to find the perfect workout class and instructor for you. Bridget Arsenault, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 As for what her workouts entail, Julianne changes things up with hot yoga, dance cardio, SoulCycle and more. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 12 July 2021 More than 40 instructors have put together classes that span all of the available disciplines — cycling, running, cardio, strength, and yoga — featuring music by 25 artists. Samantha Hissong, Rolling Stone, 29 June 2021 This involves setting long- and short-term goals, prioritizing nutrition, supplementation, cardio, and weight training. Amy Louise Bailey, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 June 2021 Her workouts are insanely effective, merging cardio and Pilates in a way that leaves me short of breath and feeling six inches taller every time. Rachel Krause,, 12 Apr. 2021 The new facility offers weights, cardio, classes and strength training. cleveland, 26 Mar. 2021 The workout sessions include cardio, muscle toning, strength training, weight loss, health and wellness. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Mar. 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of cardio

: any type of exercise that causes the heart to beat faster and harder for a period of time


car·​dio | \ ˈkärd-ē-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce cardio (audio) \

Medical Definition of cardio

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: cardiovascular sense 2 cardio exercises worked out on cardio machines



Medical Definition of cardio (Entry 2 of 2)

: cardiovascular exercise 30 minutes of cardio daily


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