We live in a world where more is better.
If 30 minutes of cardio 3 times a week is good, then an hour 5 times a week must be better, right?
No, not necessarily so, one of two things will happen:
There are several reasons that more is not necessarily better when it comes to exercise in general and cardio specifically, but the most important one has to do with adaptation:
Your body adapts to training, it's why you have to add weights over time when resistance training.
If you run one mile today, next week that same mile will become easier, you are conditioned and more importantly, because you are conditioned, it requires fewer calories to run that one mile each time you do it.
The Wrong Type Of Cardio
Years ago when jogging became a “thing” and no one had ever heard of a company named Nike, Long Slow Distance or LSD was the way people trained, everyone.
Great for increasing your cardiovascular and cardiorespiratory endurance, good at initially burning fat, not so good at building any kind of strength or muscle.
LSD eventually became LISS, Low Intensity Steady State cardio.
Today, there is a better approach to cardio, it’s more effective at burning fat stores and builds lean muscle.
It’s called High-Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT, and centers around alternating short bursts of highly-intense, all-out effort exercises followed by low-intensity active “rest” periods.
This is an adaptation of circuit training when exercises or machines were performed back to back, like a 30 minute superset.
Choose high-intensity interval cardio over low-intensity steady state training.
You will find that 3 to 4 25-to-30-minute sessions of HIIT training per week will help get you is you as lean as you want to be.
If you still prefer to separate your cardio and weight training, lift weights first and then do your cardio.
Weightlifting requires focused energy, both muscular and peak performance, if you do your cardio first, your workouts and individual lifts will suffer.
Take note guys,
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