I get a lot of people not only asking what type of cardio they should do, but if they should even do cardio at all.
Lets face the facts, most people including my self hate cardio!
So I will explain for you if you need cardio, and what the true use for cardio it is.
Back long ago, and still some people today use cardio for their primary transportation. People use to go hunting on feet and come back with a full course meals. People had to be in shape to make a living.
Now, people are able to sit in an office desk for 8 hours a day 5 days a week to make a living. This is a complete 180 degree turn around from how things use to be.
So to answer your question. It all depends on what you want to do. Do you need cardio to have the ideal body you want? No. Does it speed up results? Yes.
If you ate the CORRECT foods and performed resistance training at least 2 days a week, then you would be able to get faster results than with cardio alone. I think the problem arises because most people THINK they eat correctly. People feel they need to do cardio to have a chance at losing weight.
If you can’t lose weight without cardio then you need to examine your eating habits. There are a list of foods that people believe to be safe first thing in the morning, which are not. These foods are not allowing your body to burn off any fat through out the day. Resorting to cardio is the only thing that is saving people from gaining weight.
Foods to avoid first thing in the morning: Oatmeal, bananas, Cereal, to name a few. The list goes on and on! No wonder you can’t lose a pound of fat! Making sure you eat correctly will allow you to not have to do cardio.
But what If I enjoy it? That’s fine! Just make sure you do the right types of cardio. The elliptical, treadmill, and bike are perfect cardio equipment. But in my opinion it sets people up for failure. The pre programmed exercises on these pieces of equipment are not for burning optimum fat. So I suggest people to do body weight cardio to avoid using the treadmill, elliptical and bike incorrectly.
They tell you to only work in a certain (THR) Target Heart Rate zone to maximize fat loss. If you work in your THR for long periods of time your body project the wrong hormones for quick weight loss. This will slow your fat loss results and ultimately stop your progression together.
What is cardio for? Cardio exercises are for strengthening the cardio (smooth) muscles. It’s very smart to perform cardio exercises to have the healthiest heart. But, did you know that heavy resistance training is a better cardio exercise than traditional cardio.
Who should do cardio? People who need it for performance. If your job requires you to have a lot cardiovascular strength then I recommend it to you. Or if you just want to be a top performer for recreational sport and get over on the other old heads in a pick up basketball game. Also, people who eat and resistance train correctly and want to maximize weight loss with he correct cardio.
Now I’m not telling you not to do cardio.. Just saying if you don’t want to.. You don’t have to. There are easier ways to get to your goals. At the end of the day, people are going to do what they love.
P.S. Tips If you must do cardio, make sure you don’t perform cardio exercise for more than 10 minutes. This could kill your results and leave your body flabby. Comment below for further explanation.