Have You Changed Your Cardio Training Based On These Myths?


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Working on getting more consistent with your cardio training? That’s great news.

But at the same time, you do need to make sure that you aren’t falling for one of the many cardio myths that tend to circulate around the fitness community.

Cardio gets a lot of mixed messages regarding its effectiveness but if you do know how to train properly, you can and should definitely include it in your protocol plan.

Let’s go over the main cardio myths that you need to be aware of.

Myth #1: You Have To Go 20 Minutes For It To Be Effective

The first myth regarding cardio is that you have to do it for 20 minutes in order for it to be effective.

Many people have come to believe that you need to do this in order to get into the ‘fat burning zone’, but that just isn’t the case.

In fact, any cardio will help increase your total daily expenditure and it’s that that will help you see greater rates of overall body fat loss.

While there’s plenty of benefits to doing longer cardio sessions, it’s just not always needed. Do what you can, whether that’s five, ten, or twenty minutes.

And remember, very intense interval training is often considered the best form of cardio training you can possibly do and that one lasts just fifteen to twenty minutes in duration.

Myth #2: Cardio Done On An Empty Stomach Burns More Fat

The next myth to know about is the notion that cardio must be done on an empty stomach to burn fat effectively.

Here again, this isn’t exactly the case.  While doing cardio first thing in the morning will mean that you use more fat as a fuel source, if you continue to eat a large number of calories later on in the day, you will overcome any fat burning effects you had from that morning session.

It’s going to be your total calorie burn at the end of the day that matters most, so that’s what you need to focus on.

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If you feel better exercising after eating a meal, that’s when you should be doing it as you’ll work harder and therefore burn more calories overall.

Myth #3: Cardio Is Ideal To Lose Fat Prior To Weight Training

Finally, the last myth that you need to know about is the notion that you should do cardio first to lose excess fat before you begin strength training.  This isn’t the case.

In fact, strength training and cardio training should always go hand in hand no matter what your goal is.

Strength training is very effective at helping you burn fat, so combining the two will give you the best possible results overall.

Don’t ever ditch strength training just because you are doing cardio training.

So keep these cardio myths in mind.  Are you falling for any of them?

If so, make a few adjustments to your program so that they don’t hinder your progress forward.