Cardio exercise is an integral part of any workout regime. In fact, experts often say that it is the most important exercise. It will help you shed the kilos, improve your cardiovascular health, boost your lung capacity, activate your immune system and boost your mood. While there is no dispute that cardio has many health benefits, there are many myths about cardio exercise that need to be busted.
Cardio Is Only For Losing Weight:
Cardio health benefits such as improving cardiovascular health, boosting lung capacity and boosting the immune system are not just for those who want to lose weight. Even if you are at your ideal weight, you still need to incorporate some cardio in your exercise regime.
Cardio First, Then Weights:
The age-old question is, should you start with cardio exercise or strength training? The answer is that you shouldn’t do an intense cardio session and weight training on the same day. If you have a cardio session first, you will be too exhausted to hit the weights hard enough.
If You Do Cardio You Can Eat Whatever You Want:
We wish! Firstly, most people underestimate the number of calories that they consume in food. We also overestimate how many calories we burn doing cardio. Remember, that a healthy diet contributes to 20% of your physical health.
Don’t Eat Before Cardio:
Would you run your car on an empty tank? Then why do you do it with your body? Eating before exercising gives your body the energy it needs to power your workout and give you better results.
Stay In The “Fat Burning Zone” To Lose Weight:
It is true that your body burns fat as fuel when you are in the “fat burning zone” (lower intensity workouts when you are at about 65 percent of your max). However, if you want to lose weight, pay more attention to calorie expenditure rather than the fuel source. The higher the intensity of your workout, the more total calories you will burn and the more weight you will lose.