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How To Optimize Your Cardio Routine

By Katherine Crawford

Cardiovascular training can be a great addition to resistance training for enhancing fat loss. It’s also great for increasing the health of your heart.

However, if done incorrectly, cardio can put a huge dent in your progress.

So, without further ado, here are ways to make your cardio training better:

1. Don’t do it for too long: Once you go over the ninety minute mark your body starts to secrete massive amounts of cortisol. And cortisol breaks down muscle while simultaneously decreasing immunity. And you really don’t need more than 30 minutes at a time here.

2. Incorporate low intensity cardio: If you do too much high intensity cardio you will not recovery properly from your weight training. So make sure incorporate a lot of low intensity cardio so that your body can have a break.

3. Don’t stagnate: If you simply do the same intensity day in and day out you will not get continual results. You need to constantly push yourself a little more than before. Do this and you will keep on getting results. And nobody wants to stagnate here.

4. Enjoy what you do: You don’t have to do cardio in the gym. In fact, anything that gets your heart rate up counts as cardio. So pick the activity that you enjoy most whether it be hiking or biking and stick with it. Just make sure you progress levels of intensity.

5. Don’t train on an empty stomach: The idea that cardio on an empty stomach burns more total fat is a myth. For maximum fat loss you want to burn more total calories. And training with fuel in your body will allow you to burn more total calories.

6. Don’t hurt your connective tissue: One of your primary goals should be to preserve the health of your connective tissue. And high intensity cardio is horrible for your connective tissue. So make sure you do as much low impact cardio as possible.

Doing cardio the wrong way can do more harm than good. So make sure you take heed on the advice in this article sooner rather than later!

Author Katherine Crawford, a fitness expert and recent arm fat sufferer, teaches how to do flabby arm exercises. Figure out how to get sexy arms by visiting her blog with shake weight reviews right now!

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Crawford, Katherine "How To Optimize Your Cardio Routine." How To Optimize Your Cardio Routine. 7 Jul. 2010. 7 Aug 2014 <>.

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