Are you and your spouse still stuck doing long duration, low-intensity cardio exercise?
Now that’s fine when making love to each other, but not when it comes to your workouts. 🙂
We hear it time and time again that many of you are busy and lack motivation to exercise.
Well, the long, slow cardio isn’t the most effective way to spend your time, and it can certainly lead to boredom – especially when results are slow to appear.
If you’re looking to achieve maximum benefit from your workouts, long (30-60 minute) “slow-go” cardio is NOT the way to go.
Last week, I was on vacation with my family in Las Vegas, and I was excited to see that there was a very nice fitness center in the hotel. I had a goal to make it to the center 3 out of the 5 days we were there, and I actually made it 4 times.
Each morning when I got to the fitness center, most of the cardio machines would be filled with folks walking, riding or elliptical-ing away. I’d jump in there do a quick warm-up and within 20-30 minutes I was leaving the fitness center with a killer workout completed. Those on the cardio machines were still trudging away.
Slow cardio isn’t worth your time. You’re busy and here’s why you don’t need to do slow cardio.
Top 5 Reasons You’re Wasting Your Time On Slow Cardio:
1. Minimum calories burned — 30 minutes on the elliptical may burn a whopping 270 calories for a 125 pound person. That’s roughly the equivalent of less than ONE TENTH of a pound of fat. Exercise thirteen hours a week and you may just lose a pound!
Do you have thirteen hours a week to workout? Probably not.
This takes me to my next point:
2. Too much time involved — I know you don’t have hours to spend working out because you tell us this each and every day through email, Facebook and Twitter. I don’t have hours and hours to spend on working out either. In fact, it’s rare if I spend a few hours exercising weekly.
You know what? That’s ALL you need. Get 75-minutes of vigorous activity each week and that’s enough for most adults. (Mayo Clinic)
On top of that, slow cardio is:
3. BORING as heck — Do you enjoy sitting on an exercise bike, treadmill, or elliptical machine staring at the TV in front of you or zoning out on a magazine for 30-60 minutes? No thanks.
Even worse is that slow cardio provides:
4. No extended metabolic benefit — Higher intensity workouts allow your body to burn calories for up to 48 hours post workout. How about that?!?
Long duration, slow cardio provides virtually NO extended elevation in metabolism. In fact, with slow cardio, your metabolism returns to where you began almost IMMEDIATELY following your workout session.
And lastly, the reason that supersedes all the others:
5. Very little fat loss — Minimum calories burned during each workout + virtually no additional calories burned afterward = minimum fat loss. Let’s be up front here, the main reason you’re doing cardio is to tone up and look sexy.
So if slow cardio isn’t a great solution, what is?
Quick 15-30 minute workouts that maximize caloric burn are the way to go. These workouts can fit into your busy life easily and work around your family schedule.
Fair warning: You have to stay focused on what you are doing during these workouts. No falling asleep on the spin bike going on here. The metabolic spike you get is a huge plus as you can be burning calories for hours after your workout. Because of the increased intensity, you’ll be burning fat from your body quickly and the visible results will come in short time.
I’ve been doing this style of workouts for years, and recently I picked up Les Mills Pump because I wanted a fun interval workout that included a resistance component. I will have to say that I’m having a blast and seeing the results that I desired.