FEBRUARY 23, 2017

What Is The Best Cardio For Weight Loss?

Any sort of exercise is good for fitness, but if your goal is to lose weight effectively, what are the best cardio exercises to reach your goals? If you have decided that you don't want to starve yoh2urself, or if you just want to go all out, putting in the effort with your cardio is perhaps the fastest way to get your body in beach perfect condition:

Considerations

The downside to cardio is that you get most of the benefit from the calories burned directly. That means that you are only losing weight as you do it and for a few hours thereafter. But let's see if we can't get some extra benefits.

To burn fat you need to push yourself. Walking generally doesn't do a lot for weight loss because it doesn't take a lot of work and your heart rate generally won't get up to that crucial fat burning zone.

Heart Rate

So when you are planning your cardio regime, think carefully about how taxing the activity is - will it get your heart rate right up and leave you short of breath?

Many people will dread the thought of such exercise, instead opting for the more leisurely options; but you truly have to try a really intensive activity to appreciate the health benefits. Push yourself and you will soon start to feel the benefits, which will only spur you on.

Slow Twitch / Fast Twitch

I have mentioned in a previous post how weight lifting can be the key to weight loss, but if you are dead set on cardio, perhaps you can still benefit.

You have 2 types of muscle (boradly speaking), fast and slow twitch, which offer power versus endurance (respectively). Now whenever you exercise you are using muscles and developing them, so you need to consider which ones you are hitting hardest.

Fast twitch muscles are bigger than slow ones, and as such they take more calories to maintain, which is great for your diet because it means you burn more even when sitting still.

Because fast twitch fibers are all about power, the best cardio to focus on are things that involve a lot of powerful and fast movements. For instance, sprinting and short bursts is better than prolonged jogging.

Example Activities To Consider

Ok, so fast heart rate and powerful movements. Fortunately these two go hand in hand, and the options are limitless. It all depends on what you're into:

Sprinting
Rowing
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Kettlebell Training
Roller Skating
Squash
The key really is to push yourself in whatever activity you choose.

HIIT is all about really going all out for just a couple of minutes at a time, with a couple of minutes rest in between; this is a philosophy that can be applied to any type of cardio really, and if you're still wondering what is the best cardio; that's your answer.