Busting Barriers! Myth #4: To burn the most fat do long-duration, lower intensity cardio.

9 Jan

If you’re like me, a good lower intensity, longer cardio session is just what you need sometimes to aid in recovery after a seriously intense training session.

When I have trouble getting off the toilet from a leg workout I did 1-2 days prior, I know that a sprint session is not in my best interest.

On the other hand, I don’t have an hour to spend on cardio every single day, and knowing that it’s just not necessarily as effective as a high intensity session gets me all jacked up to do my interval training tomorrow morning!

BUSTED: High intensity training elicits an “afterburn” effect that can last up to 48 hours after your workout. That means more overall calories and fat burned while you’re doing nothing!  With interval training, your metabolism is revved up for a longer period of time, and because it’s so intense, you CAN’T do it for an hour!

Using short maximal efforts followed by short rest periods can create significant cardiovascular fitness.

There are many types of interval protocols you can use. One of the more popular has become the Tabata workout: work to rest ratios look like 20-60:10-30 seconds. The rest period is half the time of the work period. That means that fatigue will accumulate quickly, setting you up for some serious aerobic metabolism advantages. This type of workout is not for the faint of heart! (Pun intended). Essentially it’s a bigger….and longer….bang for your buck.

Next time you’re crunched for time, or even better, at your next scheduled cardio session, try intervals!  Let me know how your workout goes!

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