I was watching the marathon at the weekend, completely in awe of all the people doing it.
I am every year...
All shapes and sizes, and all having very personal reasons and causes for pushing people them to the end.
I LOVE IT!
My Zig Zag ladies think I bash running. I really don’t.
I always just question people’s motives for running.
If it is to enter a 5km, 10km or even a marathon, then obviously it is one of the best things you can do!
Running is the easiest exercise to do too....
All you need is a pair of half decent trainers and the will to get off your bottom and get out there.
The benefits to your health are huge.
If you are running for lose weight or burn fat, then you’re wasting your time.
if you're looking to achieve maximal benefit and results from the time you put into your exercise or workouts…
Long duration "slow-go" steady state cardio is NOT the way to do it, and for so many reasons.
Here are FIVE:
Minimal calories burned…
45 minutes on the treadmill or plodding along the pavement may burn a whopping 300 calories if you're lucky, the equivalent of ONE TENTH of a lb of fat.
You'll need to do this kind of exercise for ten hours a week and you might just lose a pound!
Which brings me to my next point:
Way too much time involved…
I don't know about you, but I don't have hours and hours of my time to pour into working out each week.
In fact, very rarely do I ever have a couple hours free to exercise. Usually it is 20 mins… 45 mins max.
And you know what?
That's ALL you need.
On top of that, slow-go cardio is:
Sitting on an exercise bike staring at the wall in front of you for 60 minutes?
But perhaps even worse is the fact that slow-go cardio provides:
No prolonged metabolic benefit…
Did you know that with higher intensity exercise it is possible to continue to burn calories for up to 48 hours post workout?
But you know what else is true?
Long duration, low intensity cardio provides virtually NO prolonged elevation in metabolism.
In fact, with slow-go cardio, metabolism returns to baseline almost IMMEDIATELY following the exercise session.
So you SLOG your guts out to get the benefit of exactly the length of time you trained for.
Or, you do a short sharp 20-30 minute high intensity sessions and get two days worth of raised calorie burning.
And finally, the reason that trumps all the others about why long boring cardio sessions stink.
Minimal fat loss…
Minimal calories burned during the session and virtually no additional calories burned afterward = minimal, if any fat loss results.
And let's be honest, if your goal is fat loss, then you're going to be pretty devastated to have put 10 hours a week of work in for no reward.
The only ‘results’ you’ll get from slow steady state running...
Is if you are training for a race and looking for a better time, longer distance etc.
Remember, before the complaints start flying in, I am talking specifically about RUNNING FOR FAT LOSS.
I LOVE running to clear my mind, and there are other great reasons to run, including to improve fitness.
Just remember that you have to train for what your goals is.
If you want fat loss, eat and train for fat loss.
If you want to improve your cycling, eat and train to improve your cycling.
I will give you some more great examples of nutrition and exercise for fat loss later this week.
Look out for the emails.
Allison "the no go slow Pro!"
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