We’ve all heard the popular advice that doing cardio (low-intensity, steady state) is the best way to burn fat. After all, low-intensity exercise uses fatty acids for energy rather than glycogen, and those fatty acids come from stored body fat. So it makes total sense that cardio—jogging, cycling, skipping rope, and all the other low-intensity workouts—are going to help you burn fat. Well, maybe not…
You may have heard about High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) on the news or in social media. There are commercials also promoting devices that can help you achieve this kind of one minute weight loss routine. The premise of this type of work out is that you don't need to go hard for a full thirty minutes to see results. In fact, you can alternate between short bursts of sprints and then other less intense work-outs. The effectiveness of these workouts lie in the one minute all out mentality. Let's dive a little deeper into H.I.I.T.
Let’s be clear: cardio (low-intensity exercise like running or cycling) does activate fatty acids to burn as fuel rather than muscle glycogen. It is the best way to burn stored fat, far more effective than anaerobic exercises like resistance training.
Let’s face it. Aging and staying active can be a challenge. It requires a methodical and comprehensive approach if you want to continue to grow muscle and keep crushing PRs. The changes that take place in your body extend all the way down to your cellular structure. But the damage incurred by cells in older muscles is especially severe because they do not regenerate easily and they become less efficient as the mitochondria, which produce energy, diminish in numbers and how robust they are.
Here’s a quick video on proper overhead lifting technique
If you've decided you want to lose some weight (whether it be just a few pounds or a large chunk of your body mass), chances are you've done the research on diets, plans, gyms, exercises, and anything that you can find on that subject.