Hi guys, Kris from Custom Fitness here, your Amarillo personal trainer. Today we’re going to be talking about ways that you can burn more fat by avoiding simple cardio mistakes. This is going to be the first part in a two part series, so be on the lookout for part two coming soon. And if you have any questions about today’s blog, then please give us a call at (806)-322-3188
The fitness industry as it is has been here going crazy for more than a decade now for sure, but we’ve always lived by old school rules. Back whenever exercising in gyms became a thing, people started doing cardio, right?
As soon as we had the treadmills, and all that kind of stuff, and that built into the ellipticals, and then the cross trainers, and all those things, as soon as we had those indoor machines, cardio kind of became this huge thing. People realized that they needed to build their cardiovascular strength, but most of the time it wasn’t really for health purposes that they were realizing that they took it on as a weight-loss gimmick if you will, that if you get on the cardio machines you’re going to burn fat, you’re going to lose weight, and everything will happy.
Well, things change, much like technology, once you buy a computer, it’s pretty much outdated. Same goes with fitness. Fitness, even though it has very strong foundations in research and science, in how the body moves, and how the body adapts, there’s still this constant change, this constant cycle of information coming out. We’re learning new things all the time about the body, and about how it adapts to exercise, and how these things work.
What we did long ago may not work nowadays. A lot of people are still doing those things just because that may be the only thing that they know. When it comes to cardio, we typically think about going in and doing 30 minutes to an hour on a cardio machine, and just kind of hitting it hard there, and trying to make that our workout. Others may think of it as going out for a run, maybe they go run miles, and miles, and miles. Maybe some people are getting the results that they want, but maybe you’re one of those that isn’t, and you can’t quite figure out why.
Well, number one is whenever we do cardio, if it’s long, arduous, boring cardio, it’s not only boring to your brain, it’s boring to your body, so your body gets to where it burns the wrong fuel, it’s going through the motions rather than actually utilizing the muscles. What we want to do is we want to change that up a little bit, do shorter bouts.
Back whenever I was working at one of the gyms that had a bunch of cardio machines, if somebody was doing cardio for 10 minutes or more, we made sure that they were switching machines on a regular basis, or that they went on the track for a few minutes and came back.
Why? Because it stimulates your brain. It got your brain going so that you could get back into actually engaging the muscles and doing what you’re supposed to do. Exercise should be intentional, okay? I know that we don’t want anything else to think about, we just want to be able go in, go through the motions, but really if you can make it intentional, your body’s going to change from it. Whereas if you don’t, typically you’re going to just get the results that you’re working for, which is going through the motions, you’re not going to see a lot. Just making sure that we’re going through shorter bursts that our body is getting more variability to it.
The second part is non-variable speed. You go and you watch these people on the ellipticals, and the treadmills, and they go the same speed the whole time. Again, it ends up with the same problem that your body gets bored with that, it adapts to it very quickly, and then there’s not much change after that. Instead, if we can work on building in something called sprint training, where we speed up for a little bit, then we slow back down, then we speed back up, and slow back down. Almost kind of like a HIIT training on the treadmill if you will as far as the duration to where we go, again, for a short duration, then we have a short recover.
So i’m going to end part one here. In part two we’re going to be talking more about different techniques and ideas for how you can better utilize your time with cardio and how to avoid the big mistakes that I’ve seen many people do. And if you have any questions about the terminology that I am using, or don’t even know where to start, then please give us a call. You can also message us on Facebook for more information.
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