When people think of cardiovascular exercise, they think of long boring jogs or spending an hour on an elliptical machine. Other people avoid doing cardio as they don’t want to ‘lose muscle’ and end up with a skinny or smaller physique, and feel they would be better off doing a weight lifting session instead. This is all perfectly fine, there are ways around doing cardio, but the most efficient and effective way to keep healthy, fit and to help burn off any excess or unwanted fat is by doing some form of cardio along with weight sessions.
Let me tell you about a cardio approach that will allow you to keep your muscle, lose fat and get fitter in a short amount of time. HIIT training, also known as High Intensity Interval Training is an interval training method that involves short and intense anaerobic bursts of exercise with low intensity recovery periods. It requires you to give your max effort (80 -100%) during working sets, getting your heart rate level as high as possible. This form of training requires you to be strong mentally and physically - if you don’t know your limits, this will certainly show you them!
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