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Fat Burn

The best cardio for burning off that stubborn fat will have you in the gym less time than you'd expect. This cardio is called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). The concept is pretty simple: You transition from low or moderate intensity intervals to very high-intensity intervals. If you judge by the readout on any given exercise machine, you might assume that going at a low intensity for 30-45 minutes would burn more calories than 15 minutes or less utilizing HIIT. This is not true, however, as many of the calories you burn from HIIT come after you leave the gym.

Only 15 minutes may seem too good to be true to lose weight, but it is not. However, you must keep in mind this is no walk in the park. This is very demanding, but extremely rewarding and time-saving. HIIT will support your metabolism so that you are burning calories later in the day. You will burn fat if calories out exceed calories in, and you will expend more calories by choosing HIIT. HIIT can be performed on many different exercise machines, as well as outside or on the track. In all situations, make sure to warm up for about 3-5 minutes. Once you are ready to go, you will begin your intervals.

As a beginner, start with 30 seconds at a moderate pace, or approximately 50 percent maximum effort, then go as hard as you can for 30 seconds, and repeat both steps. If you're on an exercise machine other than the treadmill, make sure to rev up the intensity level so that it is challenging for you. Complete a total of 5-8 intervals your first time. You will find it more difficult than it sounds. Once you are spent, take another 3-5 minutes to cool down. That's all you have to do. Only 5-8 minutes of actual working sets, and you are on your way to shedding some serious fat. If not done on an exercise machine, you can still apply the same concept. Simply run, jump, swim, or anything you desire, at the intervals proposed above.

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