Common cardio myths. Debunked!
You may have often heard people say, ”I’m going to do cardio to lose fat first, then I’ll do weight training to reshape the body”. While you may be able to lose weight doing only cardio, it is actually the wrong way to go about it. Don’t ignore weight training when trying to slim down.
Cardio with weights can affect the process of burning calories, and can also disturb your balance. To burn more fat, raise the intensity of the cardio instead of increasing resistance.
Same body movements every day makes your body adapt to them and this will make you end up burning fewer calories every day. Change activities and if you are not changing them, vary their intensity.
This myth is equivalent of getting back to the chicken-or-the-egg conundrum. After high intensity cardio session, you might not have enough gas in the tank to pump iron. Same occurs the other way around. You must plan both things to give the best shot or do both on different days.
Even if you have just 5-10 minutes, they will be worth the effort. 10 minutes of high intensity cardio is as good running on a treadmill for 30 minutes. If you have less time, increase the intensity. Don’t make time constraint an excuse to skip the workout.
Your body needs fuel to run. Working out on an empty stomach cuts the intensity, making you not get the results you expect. Moreover, you may also become hyperglycaemic and dehydrated. Fuel up about 90 minutes before your workout.
There is no single or ideal running form. If you look into the swing phase, stance time, loading rate and stretch reflex, you can easily get lost in the scientific jargon. There certainly are best practices that can be applied, but the running form can be individualized.
Exercise alone can’t give you the fitness results you hope for. The balance between how many calories you burn during your workout and how many calories you consume should be maintained.
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