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Cardio For Weight Loss And Health

Updated: Oct 24, 2023


cardio for weight loss and health

In a new world of weight loss and calorie counting


Cardio is being over looked more and more


The notion of 'You don't have to do cardio to lose weight'

Is taking its toll


And while they are right... in that you don't have to do cardio to lose weight


You DO have to do cardio to have an overall improvement in your health


And whether it is weight loss or weight gain


HEALTH should always be your priority


Why You Must Include Cardio In Your Workouts


As a muscular organ, your heart will improve and increase in performance from regular activity


The stronger your heart is, the stronger the body functions


While weight training will help to increase your heart rate, it doesn't offer sustained elevated levels like regular cardiovascular activity


Which is why cardiovascular training is always recommended when it comes to improving your health and start your training regime


The 3 Main Types of Cardio


The 'fat burning zone' was a huge training phenomenon in the 90's and early 2000's


People would walk on a treadmill or perform other cardio activity keeping their heart rate

between 65-70%% of their heart rate max (220-age *65%)


And the belief of this was that you sustained this pace for 45-60 minutes and because of the low impact


Your body would tap in to fat stores rather than burn glucose (carbohydrates)


This type of activity now is usually done with people walking outside, or hiking or gentle bike rides


It will improve your overall fitness levels to some degree but the focus on this is sustained activity and something that all of us can do to help improve our cardiovascular health


With this being very low impact and also fantastic for recovery walks, there is no excuse not to do this as part of your regime


The Next Phase


The next part would be to move in to the higher heart rate zones of 75-80%


This is usually for sustained running periods (20m +) and an activity where you can still talk, but not in long sentences


Running is generally the 'go to' exercise with this


The Final And Most Popular Today


HIIT training... or interval training is what a lot of people use today


Short bursts of energy for around 20sec with recover


This takes your heart rate to 85%+ and is hugely testing on your cardiovascular system

You will burn a lot of calories in a short space of time as well


And another love of this is people's view on EPOC (click for link)


This is a fantastic tool too if you are short of time


As it is something you can put at the ned of your workout with only 3-5 minutes work


Finally


Cardiovascular activity is so important to your overall health that no matter what your training goal is, it needs to be part of your regime


Don't ignore it for the belief that you have to do cardio


You Do!


It must be part of your plan


And it must be something you dedicate yourself too and build up


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