How To Correct The Top Five Cardio-Training Mistakes #2
Explanation – Most tend to be one of two minds on cardio: slow and steady, so as to not exhaust their energy reserves, or fast and furious, adopting the same take-no-prisoners approach they apply to barbells and dumbbells. In fact, both approaches will burn fat, but neither is ideal. Studies have demonstrated that the best approach combines both low and high intensity. It is called high-intensity interval training, and it will not only stoke your fat-zapping metabolism, but it will reduce the amount of time you spend striding in place.
- Begin with a three-minute warm-up at a slow pace. Then alternate one minute at a quick pace (fast jog on treadmill) with 30 seconds at a slow pace (walking on treadmill). End with a three-minute cool-down at a slow pace.
- Depending on your endurance, when first doing HIIT, you may need to lengthen the slow-pace intervals, but build up to where you are alternating quick and slow intervals at a ratio of 2:1 for 20-30 minutes.
- HIIT can be done on a running track, alternating one minute runs with 30 second walks.