Everyone has wondered at some point in time which cardio exercise is better-high or low intensity. To put it in simple terms, both low and high intensity exercises will help you to burn off body fat. The question here is, which is the most effective to burn off more body fat/visceral fat?
A while ago Scientists claimed that during intensive exercises such as running, your body burns mainly glycogen, which is a form of stored carbohydrates located in your liver and muscles for energy and that during low intensity exercises such as walking, your body burns mainly fat.
If you're wondering whether or not it works, the answer is NO! There are still so many obese people walking around despite the fact that they are working out with low intensity routines such as walking. Are you wondering how this can be?
Well, the scientists were right when they said the human body burns more body fat during low intensity exercises like walking or swimming. However, during high intensity training, the body will burn a lot more overall calories. Even if some of the calories burnt are from glycogen, there are still a lot of fat calories been burnt as well-hence there will be weight loss.
To put the icing on the cake, when your glycogen stores are running low, the carbohydrates from your food you eat will later be converted into glycogen to fill up the store again and won't be converted to body fat.
High intensity interval training will speed up your metabolism even after you have completed your workout. What this means, is that your body will continue to burn body fat hours after you have left the gym. This effect is nearly non-existent in low intensity cardio or moderate aerobic workouts.
You can inject high intensity exercises into your low to moderate cardio workouts by introducing some interval training. This is called High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). You can walk for 5 minutes or so, then break into some jogging for another 5 minutes or so. Then, walk briskly again until you have caught your breath and then sprint for a minute before you walk again. From this point, simply alternate your running and walking for the next 15 or more minutes until you are finished. As you get fitter you can increase the length of time you are in high intensity modes.
If you've never tried high cardio before, you should give it a go. If you like to exercise, you'll find high intensity cardio the best way to boost your energy and keep in top shape!
If you are just starting out, consult your Dr. You will want to start out slow and keep your cardio exercise in check- as it is very easy to over exert yourself. Keep it to a talking pace. If you can still talk but breathe at a faster rate while doing your exercise you are doing well.
One of the best things about high intensity cardio is that the more you do it, the more energy you'll have. High intensity cardio will help you burn lots of calories, keep your energy levels high and invigorate your body and mind. Also, make sure you stick to a clean and healthy diet that includes protein, a little bit of good carbs and fruit and lots of fresh vegetables and a weight loss tea. Don’t forget to have a cup of Skinny Time Tea after the work out to potentially boost your metabolism even more!
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