Are you making these two common workout mistakes when doing cardio to lose weight?
Today I want to quickly share two mistakes that I’ve been seeing at the gym when it comes to weight loss and cardio workouts.
Getting in the comfort zone of ALWAYS doing steady state or low intensity cardio workouts.
Steady state cardio simply means maintaining the HR at a steady, continuos pace over a long period of time (usually a walk or slow jog).
Why is this a mistake?
Since you’re doing the same workout over and over again, research shows your body can adapt to the same repetitive stimulus after only 6-8 weeks.
When your body adapts’¦fat loss stops.
Here’s your Action Step: Switch to interval cardio workouts.
However, if you’re new to the gym and out of shape, feel free to start with low intensity, steady pace cardio workouts for no more than 6-8 weeks’¦then switch to interval training for your cardio workouts for rapid fat loss.
Switching to interval cardio workouts is as simple as increasing the speed, resistance, or incline for 30 sec to raise your HR, then lower the speed, resistance, or incline until your HR lowers’¦and maintain that for 60 sec.
Then watch the fat burn off much quicker!
Performing your cardio workout BEFORE strength training (in other words) lifting weights.
When you lift weights, you empty your glycogen stores which sets the body up for prime fat burning during the cardio workout.
Also if you complete your cardio workout before weights you’re going to be weaker as your blood pH drops, thus you’ll hinder your body’s ability to recruit your high threshold muscle fibers which are needed for an awesome workout.
Here’s your Action Step: If you’re combining your cardio workouts and your weight training workouts into one session’¦
Lift first’¦cardio after.
In the comment section below, let me know what your favourite cardio workouts are? Mine are sprints!
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