Avoid Too Much Cardio – Strike the Right Workout Balance
Do you feel that you are unable to shed fat and instead you are losing the essential muscle mass?
Are you experiencing too much soreness and pain across your knees, hips, and joints regularly?
Fatigue bothering you a lot or are you getting sick regularly on a consistent basis?
Well, if your workout regimen is solely comprised of training hours and hours of cardio, and nothing else, then these negative effects are to be expected. Let’s now see how you can avoid these and find the right balance with your workout regimen.
Finding the Balance
First thing’s first. There is no doubt that cardio is one of the effective and important aspects of fitness. And it should be definitely a part of your regimen. But we’ve seen a lot of people focusing only on cardio in search for weight loss so much that they completely shed other important aspects of fitness such as strength training and flexibility enhancement. And when they do that, they experience the aforementioned problems through excess stress.
The HIIT Solution
So, how do you strike the right balance without sacrificing your love for cardio? The modern answer most fitness lovers and even expert trainers would recommend is HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training. A highly effective fat-burning and energy consuming exercise, HIIT is efficient when you ensure right amount of intervals/breaks between the recommended short bursts of intense exercises.
The number of benefits with HIIT when executed to perfection are many. Along with the obvious fat burning benefit, the time you need to invest for this training session is significantly small considering to the gains you reap. Even a 10 minute HIIT workout, when performed correctly, gets you some good results. So, that’s a great solution for fitness lovers who have limited time on their hands. Ideally, a 30 minute HIIT session (including breaks) will be great. HIIT will give you benefits of greatly improved metabolism, heartrate, regulate blood pressure and glucose levels.
HIIT is something you do not want to perform on a daily basis as it requires a lot of energy and such an over exertion of strain on your muscles could do more harm than good. Twice or maximum thrice a week would be optimal. And as far as cardio is concerned, do not go on hours and hours on treadmill or cycling machine, Instead a 30 minute cardio combined with a series of strength training, flexibility exercises would help you find that right balance you are looking for!