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Well now that's summer is approaching, everyone wants to lose
weight. Cardiovascular exercise is a key component to shedding off
those pounds. If you are interested in how to do this effectively
than I suggest you read this post with some common questions that
I've read and their answers.
What type of cardio should I be doing, high intensity or low
Well there have been recent studies about this. One group of
people did high intensity cardio for a period of time while others
did low intensity cardio. At the end of the experiment the group
doing the high intensity cardio had burned more fat than the group
who did low intensity cardio. The truth is that low intensity
cardio for long periods of time actually burns more fat while
you're exercising that the high intensity, they also burned a
similar amount of calories. However, studies showed that the group
that did high intensity cardio continued to burn those calories
afterwards while the group who performed low intensity burned
barely any calories afterwards ultimately resulting in many more
calories burned by the high intensity group. It is not techinically
how much fat you're burning, but how many calories you are burning
since the calorie deficit ultimately results in fat loss.
Is HIIT a good form of cardio?
Yes, HIIT is a great form of high intensity cardio.
What is HIIT?
High Intensity Interval Training. It should take you about 15 to
20 minutes to complete and you do it in intervals. An example would
be sprinting for 20 seconds than briskly walking for 40 seconds
before repeating for the desired number of times. For more info on
HIIT I suggest you read this,
Does it matter how I do the cardio?
Well I suggest sprinting because it's easy and you can do it just
about anywhere. However if you would like you can try an exercise
bike or a rowing machine.
Should I be doing cardio in the morning on an empty
Well the answer is yes if you would like to burn that muscle that
you've worked so hard for. The problem is that in the morning you
are at a fasted state and cortisol levels are high. Cortisol is a
catabolic hormone. If you do the cardio on an empty stomach, your
body will use your muscle that you've worked so hard for in order
to supply you with energy. What is the solution? Well I suggest
that you eat some complex carbs such as oatmeal about 45 minutes
before your cardio session so that they can provide your body with
the fuel it needs and not your muscle.
If I eat carbs before my cardio, won't my body just be burning
the carbs and not the fat?
Studies have shown that it's not what nutrients your body is
burning that matters. Like I said before, what's important for fat
loss is how many calories in total that you're burning.
What should I drink post cardio?
A good whey protein shake should be sufficient just like post
Should I do my cardio on lifting days?
Try not to. Try to do your cardio on non lifting days so you can
put all your energy into the cardio. If you have to do it on
lifting days though make sure that you're doing it after you lift
so you won't waste your lifting energy on cardio. I don't recommend
doing cardio the day that you're training legs though.
Well that's it. I hope this answers alot of your guys questions.
Maybe we could make this a sticky in the workout section. If you
guys have questions or comments then feel free to post or PM
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