I probably sound like a broken record here, but unfortunately some people just
don't get it. I see and get asked by people all the time why they are not
getting/seeing results from working out an hour or more at a time. I then see
them slowly jogging on a treadmill or elliptical.
Instead, why not try HIIT
(high-intensity interval training) and cut your workout times in half? Chronic
cardio should only be used if you are training for...wait for it...a cardio
event such as a marathon or triathlon, etc.
Yes, its alright to go back and
read that again. 1/5th of the time for the same results! Another study
following a group of 15 women found that high-intensity exercise (40 to 45
minutes approximately four times weekly at a mean HR of 163 bpm) reduced body
fat by about 5 percent over the course of 15 weeks versus a virtually unchanged
percentage in the group that performed exercise at a lower heart rate (132
beats per minute).
I am generalizing in a very drastic way here, but think of the differences in body composition between an Olympic sprinter and an Olympic marathon runner. Both are 'thin' and very 'fit', however it is the sprinters that spend majority of their time doing, fast, maximum-effort exercise for shorter periods of time.
Quote of the day:
hard to beat a person who never gives up.