Have you ever wondered which cardio exercises are best for burning off extra body fat? Is walking (low intensity) better or running (high intensity) better for burning body fat? Well, both low and high intensity exercises will help you burn off body fat. The question is which is more effective and burn more body fat. What is your fat burning zone? The question is Cardio Exercises-Low Or High Intensity Exercise Burn Body Fat Faster?
Cardio Exercises-Low Or High Intensity Exercise Burn Body Fat Faster?
When scientists first reported that during intensive exercises, your body burn glycogen, which is a form of stored carbohydrates stored in your liver and muscles for energy and during low intensive exercises, your body burn body fat, everyone suddenly change their workout routines to perform low intensity exercises to burn body fat.
Why does low intensity steady state cardio work to burn fat?
When your body takes part in high intensity exercise your body will go into almost like a state of shock. When you go for a run your body is usually pushed to its limits and your heart rate exceeds the ‘fat burning zone’ this in turn makes your body think ‘hang on we need to do something here to protect the body’. Your body is merely trying to protect itself and this goes back to how we were created. Back in the day when food was scarce and we had the real need for our fight or flight response your body would try to store fat to use for energy especially knowing its next meal may be a few days away.
So when you stick to steady state low intensity cardio such as walking or stair climbing your heart rate remains in that ‘fat burning zone’ and your body after 15 minutes purely burns away fat.
Why is high intensity exercise more likely to burn fat?
Furthermore, high intensity cardio exercises crank up your metabolism even after your workout is done. This means that you body will continue to burn body fat hours after you have left the gym. This effect is almost non existent in low intensity cardio or aerobic workout. Accumulatively, your body burns up many many more calories during and after high intensity cardio exercises than lower intensive ones.
You can inject high intensity exercises to your cardio workout by introducing some interval training. You can walk briskly for 5 minutes, then breaking into a jog for another 5 minutes. Then walking briskly again until you caught your breath and then sprint for a minute before walking again for another minute. From this point, alternate between a sprint and a walk, a minute each and do this for the next 15 minutes and you are done.
Do this for 5 days a week and before long, you will be steadily losing unwanted body fat and weight healthily and naturally.