Sunday, January 29, 2012

Best Cardio for Burning Calories

High-intensity interval training is a top fat burner. You can do high intensity with running, biking, swimming, the elliptical... Intervals are short bursts of intense activity with short slower periods of recovery. They allow your body to zap more calories during a workout.




It's not a good idea to do intervals every day, it's hard to sustain 'killing it' for more than 30 minutes. Please remember, your muscles need a break to recover. To recharge, alternate days with low to moderate intensity cardio, such as jogging or brisk walking. Interval cardio is a staple in Hugh Jackman's Wolverine Workout that you can find here. http://www.menshealth.co.uk/building-muscle/get-big/hugh-jackman-wolverine-workout

Here is a basic example of a high intensity interval workout on a treadmill.


5 Min. Warm Up

4 Min. Rest Set: Increase the speed from the warm up and set the incline to at least 1%.  Keep a moderate pace.  This is your Baseline.

1 Min. Work Set: Increase speed and raise incline, resistance and/or ramps.  You should be working harder and find it difficult to talk.

4 Min. Rest Set:  Back to Baseline

1 Min. Work Set: Increase speed and raise incline, resistance and/or ramps.

4 Min. Rest Set:  Back to Baseline

1 Min. Work Set: Increase speed and raise incline, resistance and/or ramps.

5 Min. Cool down at a slow, easy pace



Source: exercise.about.com


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