When I hear the word cardio I think heart racing, sweating, calorie burning all wrapped into one. We all know that cardio is great for the heart and an awesome way to get rid of stress; however, there are a few myths that might be stopping you from achieving the perfect dream body you’ve always wanted.


MYTH NUMBER 1:


DOING CARDIO IS ENOUGH TO MAKE THE WEIGHT FALL OFF.

So you’ve got this picture in your mind, your dream body and all you’ve got to do is cardio-it-up and your weight will fall right off. Now this is true to a certain degree but it can lead to the wrong kind of weight being burnt. Tests have been done and show that cardio not only burns fat but also muscle. For a long-lasting transformation, it is pertinent to incorporate weight training and cardio to see good results. Doing weight training can build lean muscle mass and help raise your metabolism meaning that you may burn more fat.


MYTH NUMBER 2:


FASTED CARDIO BURNS MORE FAT

A lot of people think that if you perform cardio on an empty stomach you will burn more fat, however, research has shown this may not be entirely true. Fat burn is constant whether or not you have eaten before your workout. Your body needs energy to perform so having a light snack before your morning cardio might not be such a bad thing. Fuelling our bodies is important in order to achieve the best cardio session so don’t leave your house without having a small snack.



MYTH NUMBER 3:


I CAN SKIP LEG DAY BECAUSE GOING FOR A RUN IS ENOUGH OF A WORKOUT

If you are go for a run or a ride on your bike and you think you have gotten enough of a leg work out to skip leg day, you are wrong. It is of the utmost importance that you incorporate lunges, deadlifts and squats for strength purposes. Having strength in your legs will not only make you run better and have more endurance but you will be able to push yourself to higher levels.


MYTH NUMBER 4:


HOURS OF CARDIO WORKS BEST

This is far from the truth. Just a few minute run or a brisk walk and you can feel your heart rate shoots right up. I am sure many of you have heard about HIIT (High intensity interval training) before and by doing HIIT, you can speed up your metabolism and burn fat for hours after your workout is complete. If you can only fit in 10 minutes of cardio after your workout then make it count and do HIIT. I am sure you won’t regret burning these extra calories.





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