If you haven’t figured it out yet… I love infographics.
Here’s a beauty about a lot of common myths related to exercise. The bulk of them being related to the idea that cardio is awesome…
Let’s take a look at the difference in long distance athletes who run at a consistent pace for long periods of time, vs some sprinters.
I don’t know about you but I know who a) I’d rather look like, and b) I like my women to look like… High intensity exercise (sprinting is just one of many examples) not only promotes burning more fat by spiking your metabolism, but it also promotes muscle growth as opposed to depletion. Running long distances also puts your body under a lot of stress, stress = cortisol and cortisol= a whole lot of problems including belly fat and poor sleep! Wikepedia has a quick little blurb related to HIT and the benefits of high intensity training.
Checkout the Globofit program I put together for people who want a taste of CrossFit but are stuck at their ‘Globo’ gyms.
Next time you find yourself tempted to go for a long jog, try introducing some interval work instead. It’s simple all you need is a timer (can be done on a treadmill too). Go 90% as hard as you can (not quite a full out sprint) for 30s, then a light jog for 1-2 min. As you get better at this try increasing the time you go hard for OR decreasing the time you take it easy for. Do this cycle for 20-30min next time instead of your usual run and let me know how it feels.
Here’s the original post from infofit for the infographic.