As you probably already know:
Losing stubborn body fat and getting in shape may require for you to do some aerobic activity.
Cardio has received quite a lot of hate recently with people saying that aerobic exercises are responsible for muscle loss, that they are a waste of time and effort and bring nothing to the table.
There was even a video produced and released by Vox about a year ago claiming that cardio is [scientifically] completely unnecessary for weight loss – check out the video for yourselves.
However, scientific literature shows us a different perspective:
That cardio is in fact a very powerful tool that carries with itself a number of weight-loss and [even] muscle-building benefits:
For example, cardio exercises can help you lose those extra pounds of body fat (due to their high caloric requirement and the afterburn effect), improve your power output when at the gym, enhance your strength and endurance, boost muscle growth (by positively altering protein metabolism), raise nitric oxide production, which improves the blood flow to your muscles, as well as improve your VO2 max.
Love them or hate them, aerobic exercises have been proven time and time again to be one of the fundamental pillars to a successful physique.
Something worth nothing is the fact that not all cardio is equal – there is good cardio and there is bad cardio.
I am not going to bore you with too much details, but the main difference is that bad cardio is all low intensity exercises that involve you being active for prolonged periods of time (we’re talking hours even) that are shown to cause muscle loss and even weight loss plateaus.
One of the best examples include: jogging, light walking, yoga workouts, stretching, etc.
Good cardio is the type of cardio that really gets your heart rate pounding, makes you sweat, is short and powerful, and leaves you completely exhausted.
So the question that remains is:
What are the best cardio exercises to burn fat
In today’s article I am going to answer exactly that question by listing the…