17 Feb 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 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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– Natalie Jill