Myths About Cardio and Aerobic Training

Everyone wants to burn fat and look thinner. There’s no way around the inescapable reality that when we lose weight we are immediately more tempting to look at – by members of the opposite sex – and almost always just feel better. Unfortunately, we do live in a society that encourages, whether purposeful or not, judgment of others based on physical attributes; it’s a scenario not relished by many who feel, for example, that they shouldn’t be judged on “looks alone” when on that first date.Still, visual impressions are the first types the human brain within males and females pick up on and because of this somewhat harsh reality, the essence of personal appearance has made the personal training, gym facility and workout equipment sectors multi-billion-dollar industries combined.Amidst the infinite number of Internet sites, so-called fitness gurus, workout videos and everyday propaganda are myths about cardio and aerobic training which have flooded the personal exercise landscape. Many sites and doctor offices sell pills that claim to guarantee results while still other self-proclaimed fitness experts and celebrities alike suggest exercises that claim to burn off the pounds.

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Let’s take a closer look at the primary myths – and corresponding facts – that have been circling around regarding cardio exercises and aerobic fat-burning.Myth: Do a Few Minutes of Cardio a Day to Burn FatIndeed, this may ring true if the goal is to merely burn a few calories instead of fat – but to really kick-start fat-burning goals it’s best to spend 20 to 30 minutes of cardio per workout. Important to note here is that when first beginning an exercise program, it’s best to start off slow and increase the amount of time engaging in cardio and to see a physician before beginning any aerobic exercise plan.Myth: Cardio is the Only Exercise NeededCardio is used primarily to burn fat and calories but it does little to nothing for strengthening muscles or increasing muscle tone. Adding a strength training workout into a daily exercise routine will yield better and more defined overall muscle tone. Additionally, many people don’t utilize weight training for fear of “bulking up” – this is another well-propagated myth that’s been swirling around out there as well. One can’t “firm fat” but the muscle underneath can be toned; combining the two increases the chances of slimming down and meeting goals.Myth: Intensity: Low Cardio Workouts are Better Than Intensity: High VariantsFat can still be burned by working out at a steady pace, though it, of course, takes longer to burn both calories and fat. Cardio increases endurance level and helps develop a tolerance for pushing forward longer during exercise. A good example: Instead of spending 15 minutes on the treadmill with each workout, endurance level can be increased by five minutes with each workout; this is done until the maximum amount of time on the treadmill without becoming exhausted is reached.Myth: Changing Cardio Fitness Routine Burns More Fat

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This is actually one that isn’t quite an “untruthful myth” – It is indeed true that changing up a cardio routine helps the loss of weight by speeding up the fat-burning process as once a body gets used to a certain routine, it stops burning fat. Though they still encourage cardio as their primary workout agenda, a number of celebrity fitness experts incorporate different routines into each of their videos/training media; this not only keeps workout sessions fun, it keeps the workout in the fat-burning mode with each exercise session.A few tips on keeping the fat burning going:

Buy workout DVDs that highlight different cardio exercises

Look into training for diabetics

Walk or run on the treadmill

Incorporate a stationary bicycle with different levels

Use a stepper with exercise bands

Use light dumbbells or hand weights with aerobics

Consider kickboxing exercise