1: Cardio is One of the Best Types of Exercise
In recent years, researchers have begun to realize that conventional cardio, such as jogging, is not all it’s been cracked up to be, and that you can actually improve your health and increase fat burning by making slight modifications to your cardio routine.
The problem is that traditional cardio only works on the slow twitch muscle fibers in your red muscle, completely ignoring your white muscle super-fast twitch fibers.
Through certain programs like 8 Weeks to Wellness and certain functional fitness classes, there is a better way of working out. HIIT ( High Intensity Interval Training) format workouts are able to target both types of muscle fibers, fast and slow, along with challenging your heart rate.
To perform these properly you will want to get very close to, if not exceed, your maximum heart rate by the last interval. Your maximum heart rate is calculated as 220 minus your age. You will need a heart rate monitor to measure this as it is nearly impossible to accurately measure your heart rate manually when it is above 150.
What are the benefits of this type of exercise?
1. Your metabolic rate increases significantly- this taps into fat reserves for energy, not just during exercise, but for many hours after as well!
2. Saves time! As a mother, time is of the essence! Most HIIT workouts can be completed in 30 minutes or less
3. Your Heart is a MUSCLE! This is the best way to strengthen it.
4. You will sweat. Your core temperature is increased, and that means calories burned and detoxification is happening.
Researchers have found that interval cardio produces a unique metabolic response that is in large part responsible for its superior benefits. Intermittent sprinting produces high levels of chemical compounds called catecholamines, which allow more fat to be burned from under your skin and within your muscles. The resulting increase in fat oxidation is thought to drive the increased weight loss.
It is also the only type of exercise that will increase growth hormone levels. This becomes especially important after the age of 30, when growth hormones steadily decline. It is much safer and far less expensive to have your body make growth hormone naturally though HIIT workouts. Injections of HGH can cost on the up of $1500.00.