Cardio, lets clear things up
Cardio is good for you. It improves the cardiovascular system. Helps alleviate stress, improves sleep, reduces the risk of heart disease, burns calories, improves work capacity and helps with fat loss plus many other benefits I just don’t have all day.
But, you need to pick the right modality for your goals. There are a few forms of cardiovascular training based on the energy system used but due to my small concentration span I am focusing on these two:
Steady state cardio
If you are an ultra-marathon runner then you need to run for hours and hours and hours. If you are not, and don’t intend to be then you just don’t need to. Yes, doing steady state cardio (aerobic training for periods of 30 minutes or more) is important because it builds a firm foundation off which you can add high intensity training plus you will recover faster from any form of training that elevates your heart rate. It burns calories too but if you are doing it for fat loss it’s definitely not the most effective way to lose weight. By doing the same steady state cardio routine every day your body will learn to adapt, it becomes more efficient and starts to use less calories to perform the same exercise, this is great for a marathon runners, but less great for people trying to lose weight. This form of cardio can be a great way to recover from an intense weight training workout which is very high in volume.
Interval training will improve your VO2 max, your power endurance and body composition. This is great for many sports, probably not super helpful for Curling, or Chess. Is Chess a sport? I’m not actually sure. I think it is. It’s definitely more of a sport than Curling. Interval training is great for fat loss because unlike steady state cardio, once you have finished your interval training session your metabolism will stay elevated for hours. You will burn more calories post training than you would during an average persons aerobic training session (IF you pushed yourself hard enough!).
The problem with interval training such as HIIT (High intensity Interval Training) or Supramaximal Interval Training (Calling it SIT training leads to much confusion), is that people often don’t go hard enough in the intervals for it to have the true training effect intended. IF you can talk to somebody while doing an interval you are definitely not doing it right!
The other advantage of interval training is, its quicker! A good interval session can be done in 10-20 minutes max. Leaving more time for napping and watching dog videos online.
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