Five Things You Didn’t Know about Cardio and Weight Loss

Valentine’s Day is coming, and hearts are everywhere! So what better time to talk about cardiovascular health? Cardio is an important part of every fitness routine, yet it’s often misunderstood.

True or False: Cardio doesn’t burn fat.

False; any exercise has the potential to burn fat—depending on duration and intensity. Instead of thinking about how much fat you’re burning, think about how many calories you’re burning. Remember that a pound of fat is about 3,500 calories.

True or False: Brisk walking gives us all the cardio we need.

While it’s true that you can keep your heart healthy by walking every day, this light activity won’t be enough to help you lose weight. And when it’s time to step up the intensity, increase your pace rather than your distance; your body will burn more fat when your body moves faster.

True or False: Running is the most effective cardiovascular exercise.

Running does deliver an awesome boost to cardiovascular health, but other exercises are just as effective. Swimming, cycling, and even in-line skating can get your heart pumping just as much. And these activities may be better options if you have joint problems or injuries.

True or False: Interval training doesn’t add any extra benefit.

Perhaps you’ve been reluctant to try interval training, but it does actually aid in faster weight loss. The bursts of activity make your heart—and metabolism—jump into action.

True or False: Cardio is enough for someone to stay fit.

Cardiovascular workouts are a surefire way to burn plenty of calories and lose weight. But to keep your body in tip-top shape, you’ll still want to incorporate strength training and stretching in your routine.

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