Those are some strategies for calorie burning cardio

Those are some strategies for calorie burning cardio. I’ll follow up with an article about the other, lesser-mentioned reasons for doing cardio.

What the above fact shows is that for either class of obesity, exercise will add as much to your life as the weight loss will.

Of course it also shows that exercise AND proper weight maintenance will help you live even longer.
Of course for most of us who are really into staying in shape, 150 minutes per week of vigorous walking and/or 50 minutes of high intensity exercise per week is a bit on the low side, and the following chart shows that you can add about another year and a half by upping the exercise even further. If you are interested in calorie burning cardio you need to visit this site

Of course, these numbers are only averages taken across thousands of individuals.  Some will get more benefit, some less.  So it’s not like you’re adding precisely 4.7 years to your life by exercising.

Also, this does not say anything about quality of life.  Someone who spent the last ten years of their life confined to a bed in a nursing home would be considered the same as someone who died after walking off the tennis court.

However, simply based on years on this earth, both exercise AND staying away from obesity matter.  As a comparison, smoking for ten or more years, will have about a couple years more effect than not exercising and being obese combined.

The final problem with the “fat burning zone”

The final problem with the “fat burning zone” theory is one that many people have serious problems accepting.
It’s not what you do during the workout that counts, it’s how your body adapts to the workout that really matters!
If you do long, slow fat burning workouts your body will try to adapt to that type of workout.

It will try EXTRA hard to STORE MORE BODY FAT for the next workout, and it will get rid of as much metabolism boosting, body firming muscle as it can (because if you’re doing a lot of work in the fat burning zone, muscle only gets in the way). That’s why you’ll see so many long distance athletes that are “thin-fat” (skinny, but flabby).

If calorie burning is your main priority, there are a couple of better strategies you can take than training in the fat burning zone at

The first is HIIT (high intensity interval training). There’s simply no substitute for HIIT for calorie burning!
When you include the amount of calories burned after the workout, HIIT will burn up to THREE TIMES as many calories as any other type of cardio! It is BY FAR the most time efficient way to burn calories!

Not that HIIT doesn’t have its disadvantages: first, most people can only do so much HIIT.

The intensity simply limits how long you can do it, and how many times per week. Therefore, if you have a lot of time on your hands and don’t care about how long your workouts take, HIIT may not be the best.

The second disadvantage is that many people simply hate HIIT! While many of you may do cardio for weight loss, you probably also enjoy it for other reasons.

You find it relaxing, a pleasant distraction from the rest of your busy day, etc. HIIT doesn’t’ fit that mold very well.
Another improvement on the fat burning zone is to just up the intensity to the most you can do for any given amount of time you’ve got available for cardio.

Don’t worry about the fact that you’re not in the “fat burning zone.” Just go as fast, as far as you can.
verall, you will burn more calories and fat than if you stay in the “zone.” Of course, the problem with this is that it still doesn’t help with that “thin-fat” adaptation we talked about.

Another very effective method is very low intensity cardio. If you have the time, a brisk walk will burn calories, not interfere with your real workouts, and generally won’t cause muscle loss (you’re still doing your resistance training, right?).

This is the type of cardio used by many bodybuilders. They want to burn calories but don’t want to do anything that will detract from their hard, strong physique.

I’m going to do my cardio. What does that mean?

“I’m going to do my cardio.” What does that mean? As with the way you eat and any other part of your workout, there should be a purpose to your cardio. It’s a huge mistake to think that all cardio is the same.

By far the biggest reason most people do cardiovascular type workouts is to burn calories. I won’t get into the fact that using cardio to burn calories in order to lose or maintain your weight is seldom the best strategy, the fact is, people are going to keep going down that path, so at least let’s do it most effectively.

First, let’s dispense with the myth of the “Fat Burning Zone:” that hypothetical range of heart rate that supposedly burns the most fat.
There are a number of problems with this theory: First, that heart rate zone is WILDLY unpredictable for any given individual.

The error in the heart rate charts is greater than the size of the charts themselves. You may think you’re in the “zone” but be completely outside of it.
The next issue is that it really does not matter whether you’re burning fat during the workout or not, just that you’re expending calories.

Yes, if you go slow enough that you are using only fat for fuel, you’ll be able to go longer, but if you go faster, and deplete your glycogen stores (carbs) or even faster and go anaerobic through intervals, you’ll end up burning more calories and fat over the course of the post exercise period.
That’s what really counts.