The Basics of Interval Cardio Training for Fat Loss
It seems that today everyone is most interested in losing the excess fat they have on their bodies. This can be a good thing if you have a lot of excess fat but it could be detrimental if you obsess about small amounts.
Because you want to lose the fat it is important to know that there are certain activities that will burn fat faster than other methods. These other methods can help you lose belly fat, lose the weight you want or give you a quick way to lose fat overall.
One method for fat loss is called Interval Cardio Training. This may sound a bit scary at first but when you know more about it you will understand that it is a way to lose weight and may be the fastest way to lose weight. This method of weight loss is one where you use both high intensity and low intensity exercises in your workout.
The way it works is this: You do a series of short exercise spurts at certain intensity for a certain amount of time. You do the exercise in an intense fashion, and then separate the interval with a short rest. You then perform another set of the intense exercise and repeat the cycle again. You can use a lighter activity between the intervals, but many people say the best way is to give yourself a short rest period.
There are no rules about how intense the workout should be or how short the rest period so you should actually check your body to see how it feels. We can tell you that as you build up to this, changing either the intensity or the interval length will change the way your body responds to exercise overall and how it works.
There are many exercises you can use to work on specific areas of the body. Some of the most popular are those that promote the loss of belly fat. In order to do this, most trainers suggest the following as the way to lose belly fat quickly:
* Eat a nutritional diet -- this gives the entire body the energy you need to perform intense exercise. The food should be good, clean food and it should be lean. It should also cut out red meat and fast food.
* Strength training -- you should work on building overall muscle in your body because when you do, it will be easier to burn the belly fat.
* Interval cardio training-- now is the time to start your workouts on this because you have built your body enough to take this added intensity.
* Combine it with resistance training -- resistance training can speed up your weight loss when it is combined with interval cardio training because you can work specific muscle groups. This will strengthen them and also sculpt them to your liking.
One good way to start your interval cardio training is to use a machine at the gym or at home. You get on the machine, work out for an intense 30 seconds, then do another 60-90 seconds of recovery exercise that is slower paced, and then do it again. You can also add jogging, swimming or rowing to your cardio workout as other types of cardio to try. Once you are finished with this workout be sure to do some stretching for any tight muscle groups; only do those that are tight. Putting this all together will give you the best workout and make sure that you have the quick fat loss you want.
Matt Lisk is a fat loss expert who has used his knowledge to lose over 80 pounds of body fat, reduce his body fat percentage to under 10% and to resolve a variety of health issues he was experiencing. He is the author of Lean State University's Fat Loss 101 Newsletter.