Nope it’s not true
I am surprised, yet I shouldn’t be, at how certain fitness myths just won’t die.
These lies are passed from one person to the next, a little piece of misinformation that can set you up for failure. It seems to really occur in the new year with so many people looking to make quick strides on their New Years resolutions.
Maybe you’ve heard one or two…
There’s the one about sit-ups melting off belly fat or these exercises will reduce the fat off your thighs. Sorry to burst your bubble, but spot reduction is a myth. You’ve got to burn the fat from your body as a whole.
Then there’s the one that says that the faster you perform an exercise the better, even at the expense of form. I can’t help but think, Ouch! This is an invitation for injury. You should never sacrifice form for speed.
There’s even one about recovery days not being necessary. It’s actually vitally import to your recovery and fat loss to take rest days. Rest and recovery are more important than the amount of training you put in.
But of all the fitness myths out there, the one that offends me the most is the idea that long, slow cardio sessions are the way to lose fat.
So many people waste their time and effort on this one. Do you?
In reality, short intense workouts that incorporate resistance training with challenging bouts of cardio will burn fat much quicker than a long, steady cardio session.
Who doesn’t love to save time?
If you are still plodding away on the treadmill 60 minutes at a time or putting in many hours on bike rides then you are spending more time to get half of results.
Allow me to introduce you to a little technique called HIIT.
High-Intensity Interval Training is an exercise strategy that improves performance with short training sessions. These sessions involve a warm up period, several short, maximum-intensity efforts that are separated by moderate recovery intervals, and a cool down period.
The addition of explosions of speed into your comfortable pace may increase your power, muscle definition, speed, strength, endurance, and best of all it may allow you to burn more calories.
There you have it—all you need to know to take your workouts to the next level.
Do you have questions about using HIIT to get better results? I would love to hear from you.
Call or message me today and I will schedule a time to meet with you one-on-one to strategize the quickest and most effective route to meeting your fitness goals. Let’s do this!
Committed to your health!
Heath Herrera, M.Ed., CSCS
HH Fitness, Inc.
P.S. – steady state cardio has it’s place. If you are training for endurance events from a 5K to a half marathon or a cycling event to a triathlon, adding steady state cardio can have ample benefits to aiding with improved performance.