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Low - Intensity Cardio: What You Need To Know
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Low  -  intensity Cardio: What You Need to Know

As we all know, low-intensity cardio is a subject of huge debate. There are people who preach about high-intensity interval training and people who firmer believe low-intensity exercises are better for burning fat. But seriously, which one should you use? Well, the answers below might surprise you.

First, if you’re looking to lose fat quickly, then high-intensity cardio is definitely a better option. This type of training burns a massive amount of calories in a short duration of time, and also promotes the after-burn effect. The after-burn effect is when your body continues to burn calories hours after your workouts.

Low-intensity cardio does not promote the after-burn effect. High-intensity training also helps your body build lean muscle, which is another characteristic that low-intensity training can’t replicate. Because of the muscle building tendencies of high-intensity training, it also makes it much more effective for producing long-term gains.

So now that I just explained that high-intensity cardio is best for short AND long-term gains, is there any use for low-intensity cardio? Believe it or not, there is.

Low-intensity cardio is a great way to burn fat without compromising muscle if you have the time to do it. A traditional low-intensity training session will consist of a walk lasting as long as 60 minutes in duration. Compare this to a sprint training routine that may only require about 15-20 minutes to finish.

What makes low-intensity training a preferable technique for body builders and people worldwide, is that it burns fat while you’re working out. But as I previously mentioned, it does not have an after-burn effect and unfortunately much of the “fat” burned during your sessions is from water.

And then you must ask yourself one more important question.. do you have the time? Are you willing to dedicate at least an hour of your day to low-intensity cardio? Because to see results with this cardio training technique, you must use it about 4-5 times a week. And what if you want to strength train?

A typical strength training routine takes 45-60 minutes to complete. This means you will spending almost TWO hours a day training. Seriously, who has that much time unless you’re a full-time body builder? I know I certainly do not, so I stick to high-intensity cardio.

Most high-intensity training sessions will only take about 15 minutes to finish, and you will burn twice as many calories as you would with a traditional low-intensity cardio routine.

For maximum results, I highly recommend you incorporate both high and low-intensity cardio training in combination.


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