Is cardio important for weight loss and fat loss?

Is cardio important for weight loss and fat loss?

Is cardio important for weight loss and fat loss?

In this short video, I explain the differences between Slow cardio and HIIT cardio and address which one you should be doing for fat loss.

HIIT Cardio – HIGH IMPACT INTERVAL TRAINING

This basically means, you are doing exercises with high amounts of intensity (30 seconds to a minute) in a short period of time alternating with short periods of rest.  Typically with HIIT cardio, you can complete your workout in 20 minutes or less. So just think…shorter bursts…lots of energy…high intensity and before you know it, you’re done!

SLOW CARDIOShould I do cardio?

Slow cardio is just what it sounds like; elliptical machines, stationary bikes, hiking, walking (not at a brisk pace), etc. If slow cardio is what you’re into, my only ask is that you use machines that are functional, meaning they mimic real life movement (i.e. running or jogging on a treadmill). Any machine where you have to lock in your feet does not represent functional training. I am not personally a fan of the “leaning on a machine” cardio where you are just going through the motions to “burn fat”. Although you WILL tap into fat stores this way (a bit) it is not as effective as HIIT types of cardio for burning fat.

I would only suggest “slow” cardio if….

  • You like doing it
  • You like the competitive nature of “distance” cardio
  • You are just starting out…. It’s a great place to start

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6 Comments
  • Lauren
    Posted at 12:26h, 24 February

    I am definitely a fan of HIIT cardio. My first few sessions were intense and I couldn’t believe I was really done in 20 minutes, but it has definitely proven to be very effective. I enoy walking and running, but it is definitely hard to do when the weather is cold! Thanks for sharing.

  • Tracy
    Posted at 08:32h, 04 June

    I have run several 5Ks, 3 half marathons, and countless training runs. It wasn’t until I got into HIIT bodyweight training that I saw immediate results on core strength and endurance. Yoga helped improve core strength but HIIT bodyweight training has definitely been the most effective training for my body. Love the workouts you post, keep ’em coming!!!

  • Toni Weaver
    Posted at 09:04h, 06 August

    Is the treadmill only considered low cardio?

    • Natalie Jill
      Posted at 15:40h, 06 August

      You CAN sprint on a treadmill. You CAN make it high intensity, but most people end up using it as a ‘slow cardio’ which isn’t the best for really changing your body.

  • Donna
    Posted at 11:29h, 17 December

    I’ve been doing crossfit for 2 years now….I just love it.

  • wayne
    Posted at 16:41h, 18 August

    Awesome!!!Very informative Thanks