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High Intensity Cardio For Maximum Fat Loss

Aug 21, 2007
We all want to be in shape. We know that in order to lose weight or maintain our weight to be fit and healthy, that we need to work out, and burn more calories than we consume. Studies have proven that the higher the intensity of a work out, the more calories are burned. This is important because a high intensity cardio workout may take half as long as a low intensity one to accomplish the same goal, and burning calories seems to be the most significant factor in fat loss.

Metabolism is positively affected by high intensity cardio because fat is burned, as are calories from glycogen. As the body replenishes needed glycogen by subsequent meals, the glycogen will replenish your body's reserves instead of turning to fat. Low intensity workouts do not provide this benefit. This adds up to health benefits well beyond the workout session and means that calories are melting away after the workout and that adds up to maximum fat loss.

Rapid fat loss is one of the major advantages to cardiovascular exercise. Spending just twenty minutes doing high intensity workouts may be equal to a 45-minute low intensity workout. For people who have a busy lifestyle, high intensity workouts may make the difference between having time for an exercise program and not. Another thing that seems to be a key factor for some people is that low intensity workouts get boring, while high intensity cardio does not.

Another apparent benefit is that it seems to help the body increase its lactic acid threshold. When an individual works out, lactic acid floods the body to help the muscles answer the demand. Lactic acid can be felt in the muscles as a burning sensation. Excessive levels of lactic acid result in fatigue. High intensity cardio seems to increase the body's ability to flush out excess lactic acid; this means that its possible to exercise more frequently and effectively because of this increase in lactic acid threshold.

High intensity cardio with all of its benefits and advantages is not recommended for people who are just beginning to exercise, or for those that have heart problems or other health concerns. It always a good idea to check with your health care provider before beginning a high intensity cardio workout program.

Cardio exercises should be approached gradually, by integrating them into your routine. There are many activities that work nicely as a means to accomplish a good high intensity workout. For example, stationary bikes, stair masters, running, or walking all can be incorporated into a great fat loss regimen. The important factor here seems to be finding an activity that is enjoyable and that fits into the lifestyle of the person.

High Intensity cardio is based on the idea that intense short bursts of effort will yield quick and effective results. However it is not advisable to exert that much effort for prolonged periods of time. Evidence suggests that high intensity cardio workouts are a good way to jazz up a workout to provide many health benefits.

As mentioned before it is always advisable to consult with your doctor before beginning a new workout routine, however it is also suggested that you seek reliable advice from a trained fitness professional. High intensity cardio can burn fat quick, boost metabolism and improve recovery time and so it has many advantages over other training methods.
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