Changing up the intensity in your fitness routine can make for more interesting workouts and better results. It is not uncommon for health professionals or fitness trainers to suggest low to moderate intensity aerobic exercise (cardio) to people who are interested in losing weight. What most people do not know is how to heed that advice properly. Understanding ideal methods you can help maximize your weight loss efforts.
You may have heard this before “do 30-60 minutes of a steady paced cardio exercise 3-5 times per week while maintaining a moderate level heart rate.” Before you buy into this belief and find yourself doing endless hours of boring exercise, consider recent research that disputes this idea. First, realize our bodies are designed to exert energy in bursts followed by recovery, a type of stop and go motion and not a steady state motion.
This type of motion is seen throughout the natural animal kingdom. If an animal is chased and it is running for its life, it will have an extreme burst of energy until it is exhausted. Then it must rest to recover. It is this stop and go type of energy burst that keeps the animal strong and healthy. In fact, humans are the only creatures in nature that try to accomplish “endurance” type physical activities.
Most competitive sports are based on short burst motions with time to recover afterward. Burning lots of calories is a bonus to the lasting benefits exercise this way can have on your most important muscle, the heart. Steady state cardio exercise only trains the heart at one rate and does not train it to respond to everyday stresses. Variable rate cardio exercise trains the heart to work at peak performance at a wide range of rates.
In my own personal experience, I have noticed the benefits of this in my daily life for years. I believe it to be the reason that at 38 years-old I feel as healthy and fit as I did in my early twenties. So rev up your heart and then rest a bit. This will be good for your body and your mind, as well as, get you fit faster than otherwise. Remember to apply the variable rate cardio technique when you are doing exercises at the gym but also when doing everyday activities that can raise your heart level quickly.
Intervals of variable rate cardio exercise exertion within your fitness regimen will not only help you lose weight fast, but will help your heart to stay strong and handle stress more effectively. Variable level cardio is also less boring; it will help keep you interested and on track for your weight loss efforts. Cardio exercises that produce short bursts of energy followed by a rest for recovery is a great way to improve overall health and kick your fitness boredom to the curb.