The Herald Dispatch reported on October 9, 2013, that not only is doing cardio important, but maintaining proper form while doing the exercises. It is not necessary to work out in the gym for two, three or even four hours a day. Many women, and men too, have admitted to running for two or three hours straight in hopes to lose weight, only to still feel fat or hold on to fat. This brings the question: How do you correctly use cardio as an exercise?
Cardio is great for you. It works your heart and makes you feel great afterword. It’s no wonder that women get nearly addicted to cardio sessions. We all need cardiovascular exercise to help keep our bodies healthy and working well. Cardio helps release toxins from your skin and sweat glands. It is a great tool but, is almost useless without using strength training as well.
The general recommendation is cardio sessions to be at the most of 30 minutes three times a day to get the most out of cardio sessions and weight training. There is a term in the fitness world for those who only participate in cardio sessions. It is skinny fat. This is because their muscles are not toned or enhanced by using weight resistance. When you weight train, you are able to sculpt your body to look toned, lean and firm.
The two newest cardio crazes are high intensity interval training (HIIT) or cross-training. These allow you to get a workout, complete workout, in very little time. HIIT allows you to burn as high as 200 calories per 15 minutes depending on your weight. Most experts agree that short concentrated cardio sessions are best.
Cardio is great for you and is needed in order to stay healthy. However, just like any exercise, too much of any exercise is not good for you. One must learn to balance their life evenly between a proper diet, cardio sessions, and strength training. When you get this figure out, the result is a toned, healthy, and fit body that you can be proud of.