Health & Fitness

The Truth About Cardio

If your heart rate is elevated, you’re breathing heavily, and you’re sweating, you are doing cardio. Cardio is not limited to the treadmill or a spin class. In fact, the best form of cardio is one that involves weight-bearing exercise.

Here’s the truth about NON-WEIGHT-BEARING cardio exercise:
  • Calories are only being burned while the exercise is being performed
  • It does not increase your metabolism
  • It takes much longer to burn calories comparatively
  • It doesn’t build bone density or muscle strength
  • It’s not the solution to weight loss
Weight-bearing cardio exercise is performed with added resistance at a high pace that will get your muscles burning, your heart rate elevated, and will increase respiration.  It will increase your muscle strength, improve your bone density, raise your metabolism, and burn fat.All kettlebell exercises are examples of full-body, weight-bearing cardio exercise!

Here’s another example:

Thrusters: Holding a dumbbell at your chest, squat down until your elbows touch your knees. As you stand up, explosively thrust the dumbbell over your head. Repeat as many reps as possible in 90 seconds. You should be breathless by the end of the 90 seconds.

*Non-weight-bearing cardio exercise can still be beneficial for increasing lung capacity as well as heart health and an elevated mood. If performed outside, you can soak up some extra Vitamin D, too!

By Dylan Davies

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