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Cardio For Fat Loss – Important Training Methods
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The verdict on cardio for fat loss has been out for decades and by now, most of us have at least some familiarity with this concept. However, few people are aware that the application of cardiovascular exercises is just as important as the lesson itself, if not more! This article is here to help you avoid making poor cardio decisions before you waste time in the gym or waste money in your wallet on useless programs that don’t work.

Slow, Long Cardio

Most of us have heard that elongated cardio workouts yield real fat loss results, and they do; the important thing to understand, however, is that this method is not for everybody. Not everyone is able to allocate at least 30 minutes per workout to low-intensity long duration cardio routines on the treadmill, the elliptical or what have you. Another factor hindering a consistent effort is the inevitable boredom that repetitive tasks tend to produce. When it comes to cardio for fat loss, it is crucial that your energy and enthusiasm remain as high as possible throughout the duration of your routine.

This isn’t to say that elongated methodical cardio is bad altogether. 30 minutes on the treadmill can burn up to 500 calories if you work hard enough, plus there is no better option for beginners who may have to improve their athleticism before progressing into more challenging workouts. Whether or not you go this route is your call, but a generally good way to gauge your physical aptitude is through your body fat percentage and ability to squat 150% of your own body weight. We’ll touch on that later.

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

HIIT is the newest path towards success when it comes to cardio for fat loss. This is because it is more time-efficient, challenging, and fun than elongated slow cardio routines. The drawback is that this method may be too challenging for some people right out of the gate because it effectively incorporates some strength-training elements as well. High Intensity Interval Training is recommended for people who are below 20% body fat and can squat 150% of their body weight for at least 6 reps.

Some of the best HIIT workouts are the kinds you hear about form military training: burpees, sprints and ‘The Bear.’ All of these incorporate muscle development as part of their broader fat loss potential and all work!

To conclude, it is ideal to use short high-intensity cardio for fat loss because it offers exciting, energized and effective workouts at a fraction of the time that long cardio does, though there is absolutely nothing wrong with progressing from long cardio to HIIT.


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