True or False: Cardio doesnâ€™t burn fat.
False; any exercise has the potential to burn fatâ€”depending on duration and intensity. Instead of thinking about how much fat youâ€™re burning, think about how many calories youâ€™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 itâ€™s true that you can keep your heart healthy by walking every day, this light activity wonâ€™t be enough to help you lose weight. And when itâ€™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 doesnâ€™t add any extra benefit.
Perhaps youâ€™ve been reluctant to try interval training, but it does actually aid in faster weight loss. The bursts of activity make your heartâ€”and metabolismâ€”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, youâ€™ll still want to incorporate strength training and stretching in your routine.
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