Losing Weight? Don’t Fall For These 8 Cardio Myths! cover

Losing Weight? Don’t Fall For These 8 Cardio Myths!

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Who’s guilty of looking up different ways to lose weight online? We get it; we’ve all been there. The Internet is flooded with different tips, tricks, and testimonials about the ‘right’ way to lose weight. However, what people don’t know is that some of these ‘tricks’ may actually make reaching your weight loss goals even harder. Live Streaming Fitness is setting the facts straight with these eight cardio myths.


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Eight Cardio Myths

Eight Cardio Myths

Who’s guilty of looking up different ways to lose weight online? We get it; we’ve all been there. The Internet is flooded with different tips, tricks, and testimonials about the ‘right’ way to lose weight. However, what people don’t know is that some of these ‘tricks’ may actually make reaching your weight loss goals even harder. Live Streaming Fitness is setting the facts straight with these eight cardio myths.

Myth #1:

Myth #1:

It’s important to stay in the “fat-burning zone.”

Studies have long debunked this myth. Often referred to as ‘steady-state’ cardio, this style of training may not be giving you all of the benefits your friend at the gym promised it would. While it is true that steady-state cardio burns more calories, not all calories are from fat. At lower intensities, the body may burn 50 percent of the calories from fat while at higher intensities it may only burn 35 percent.

Myth No. 2

Myth No. 2

Doing cardio when you’re hungry burns more body fat.

Often times it is said that when your body doesn’t have readily available fuel to burn, it will tap into fat reserves. A recent analysis concluded that your body will burn fat regardless of whether or not you’ve eaten before a workout. Other research even shows that skipping a pre-workout snack can result in muscle loss. So be sure to fill the tank before you put that body in drive!

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Myth No. 3

Myth No. 3

There is a minimum amount of cardio required to benefit your body.

People commonly think that if they cannot devote an entire hour to their workout, than it is just not worth it. This is one of the most dangerous myths that people tend to believe. All movement can be of benefit to your body and will burn calories.

According to bodybuilding.com, a study from Australia reported that females following a 20-minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) program, consisting of 8-second sprints followed by 12 seconds of rest, lost six times more body fat than the group who followed a 40-minute cardio program performed at a constant intensity.

Myth No. 4

Myth No. 4

If you do cardio, you can skip strength training.

Cardio can really tire you out! After a good cardio workout you may feel that you have reached your goals leaving no need for strengthtraining. Wrong again! According to The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, women who completed an hour-long strength-training workout burned an average of 100 more calories in the 24 hours afterward than those who skipped the weights.

Myth No. 5

Myth No. 5

You can eat whatever you want as long as you work out hard enough.

If only this were true! A good rule of thumb is that weight loss generally occurs 75 percent due to diet and 25 percent due to exercise. Now that doesn’t mean you should cut your workout short because you had a salad that day. It’s important to combine that clean diet with diligent workouts for the best results possible.

Myth No. 6

Myth No. 6

Training for a marathon is a great way to lose weight.

While it is true that the intensive practices of training for a marathon can have great effects on your health, it is actually not the best way to lose that muffin top. In training yourself to cross that finish line, what you are actually doing is training your body to conserve calories more efficiently so that you can boost your endurance.

This form of training has also been linked to an increase in appetite, and in turn, some marathon runners may actually gain weight training for their big event.

Myth No. 7

Myth No. 7

The same workout everyday will increase your progress.

It’s no secret that people look for routine in their life. Normally this isn’t such a bad thing but when it comes to fitness, routine is a big no-no. Working out the same muscles day in and day out can prevent your body from repairing itself after a hard workout and ultimately lead to a physical plateau.

Nothing is more frustrating than putting in all that hard work and not seeing results. Surprise your muscles with different workouts and they will surprise you with amazing results.

Myth No. 8

The same workout can work for everybody.

It goes without saying that everybody is different. Some people may really enjoy one type of workout and that’s great for them but it doesn’t mean that is what is best for you. This is one of the biggest benefits of Live Streaming Fitness! With a variety of classes live streamed to your device at any time of the day there is always something for everyone, no matter your fitness level or interest.