The Cardio Myth
There are certain fitness myths that just won't die.
These ideas are passed from one unsuspecting person to the next, a little tidbit of misinformation that does more harm than good.
I've heard them all.
There's the myth about ab crunches melting off belly fat. (Sorry folks, spot reduction doesn't exist. You've got to burn the fat from your body as a whole.)
Then there's the one that says the faster you do an exercise the better, even at the expense of form. (Ouch. This philosophy has caused many an injury. Never sacrifice form for speed.)
I've even heard one that says recovery days are not necessary. (Rest days are actually of vital importance to your recovery and weight loss.)
But of all the fitness myths out there, the one that gets under my skin the most is the belief that fat loss comes as a result of long, slow cardio sessions.
I've seen many people waste their time and effort on this one.
The truth is that intense, shorter workouts that incorporate resistance training with challenging bouts of cardio will burn fat quicker than a long, steady cardio session.
Who doesn't love to save time?
If you are still plodding away on the treadmill 60 minutes at a time then you are spending more time to get half of results.
Allow me to introduce you to a little technique called HIIT.
High-Intensity Interval Training is an exercise strategy that improves performance with short training sessions. These sessions involve a warm up period, several short, maximum-intensity efforts that are separated by moderate recovery intervals, and a cool down period.
The addition of explosions of speed into your comfortable pace will increase your power, muscle tone, speed, strength, endurance and best of all it allows you to burn more calories.
There you have it-all you need to know to take your workouts to the next level.
Do you have questions about using HIIT to get better results? I would love to hear from you.
Call or email today and I will schedule a time to meet with you one-on-one to strategize the quickest and most effective route to meeting your fitness goals.
After you exercise using HIIT, your body goes into a state of increased metabolic output. Simply put, this means that your body will continue to burn extra calories long after you have put down your last set and left the gym.
On the other hand, if you stuck with a long session of steady cardio, your calorie burning would stop quickly after you hopped off that treadmill.
I don't know about you, but I like the concept of burning more calories after I'm done exercising. Talk about a bonus!
Say goodbye to steady cardio and embrace a whole new fitness philosophy centered around HIIT.
Watch how quickly your body begins to transform.
Low Carb Mini Muffins
Most baked goods are terrible for your waistline. Products made with refined flour, sugar and unhealthy fats should always be avoided. This recipe for mini muffins uses coconut flour, an alternative to wheat flour that is lower in carbs and free of gluten. Enjoy one for a breakfast on-the-go or as a quick snack. Servings: 24
Here's what you need:
- 6 eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted over low heat
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1/4 cup grade B maple syrup
- 1 lemon, zest and juice
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup organic, fresh blueberries
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a mini muffin pan with coconut oil.
- In a medium bowl combine the eggs, melted (and cooled) coconut oil, vanilla and almond extract, maple syrup, lemon juice and zest.
- In a small bowl, whisk the coconut flour to remove lumps, add salt and baking soda.
- Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ones, then gently fold in the blueberries.
- Fill each mini muffin tin to the top, then sprinkle with sliced almonds.
- Bake for 30 minutes, then turn on the broil for 1-2 minutes (watch close!) to lightly brown the tops.
- Allow to cool before removing from muffin tin. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Nutritional Analysis: 84 calories, 5g fat, 55mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, and 2g protein
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Armen T. Ghazarians
Finish Fit, LLC
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
DEGREE: B.S. IN BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES FROM UC IRVINE
PT CERTIFICATIONS: ACSM HFS, ACSM CPT, NASM CES, ACE CPT, NASM YOUTH, KETTLEBELL ATHELETICS LEVEL I & II , PRE-POST NATAL, TRX CERTIFIED