Why Slow Boring Cardio Sucks For Fat Loss - See Why

by Jared DiCarmine - Date: 2010-10-06 - Word Count: 415 Share This!

Are you currently trying to lose weight? Is part of your routine cardio on either the treadmill or elliptical? If you answered yes than you should stop that right now because what I am about to share with you is something that is going to get you results in a much quicker time frame while performing less time on the cardio equipment.

You see, the problem with doing long cardio workouts is that over time, the body simply adapts. It becomes to easy. Your heart rate my increase, but the amount of calories you burn will actually decrease.

Your body just simply adapts to the stimulus over time and the only way to make it harder is to run longer or faster. If you run longer, you will eventually be at the gym for way too long and you'll start breaking down muscle tissue. This we do not want and is the reason why hardcore marathon runners look the way they do, which is emaciated and sickly.

So what you are going to do from here on out is perform interval training workouts on the treadmill or elliptical. Interval training utilizes high intensity bursts with low intensity recovery periods. Such examples of this are running up a hill then walking down or running sprints then jogging back to the starting line. By doing these type of workouts, you will burn more calories in a shorter amount of time and keep your metabolism raised for hours on end after you have finished your workout.

With low intensity jogging, this type of thing does not happen. Once you stop your workout, your metabolism automatically returns to baseline levels.

A perfect example of a beginner interval training program is to get on the treadmill and do a sprint at a high speed that is suitable to your fitness level for 10 seconds, then for 60 seconds I want you to walk at a brisk pace. Perform this for up to 15 minutes in the beginning and see how you react. From there, gradually increase the amount of time you sprint at that same speed and decrease the amount of time you walk.

With this type of training, you will be burning more calories and more fat in a shorter amount of time. You'll also be in better shape overall because interval training transfers over more to steady cardio such as jogging, but jogging performance more often will never transfer over that well to an interval style of training.

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