Cardio. We get questions about this all the time.
"I want to do more."
"I feel like I should be doing more."
"What about cardio?"
"How can I go about this in a safe and effective manner?????"
When people use the word “cardio," they’re generally referring running, biking, swimming, etc. for long periods of time or long distances.
Now, studies have shown that while traditional steady state cardio CAN have some health and fitness benefits, bit it's not the most efficient method.
Now you may have noticed the lack of traditional cardio machines at the Activate Body studio. This is because we prefer “metabolic conditioning," a method that has its roots in high intensity interval training, otherwise known as HIIT. During your in-studio workout, you've every single coach shout their fair share of: "60 seconds of work, 60 seconds of rest," "30 seconds of work, 15 seconds of rest," etc. According to research, these short, intense bouts of work followed by short bouts of rest will give you more bang for your buck when it comes to cardio and fat-loss.
Although we highly recommend different activities, follow these guidelines next time you have a traditional cardio craving. First, pick something that your joints can tolerate (elliptical, swimming, running ONLY if you are an experienced runner) and shoot for about 8 rounds of exercise. Start with 30 seconds of work, 45 seconds of rest. To progress, first decrease your rest period to 30 seconds, then 15. When you’re ready to progress from there, increase your work period to 45 seconds and follow the same procedure with your rest periods (45 seconds, 30 seconds, 15 seconds).
Moral of the story? Don't just do cardio, be more effective with your cardio.
Contact the Activate Body Fitness Team to learn more about how extra metabolic conditioning and HIIT can supplement your current workout regime.