Aerobic Fitness and Fat Loss
Author: Michael Greeves
Aerobic Cardio Fitness & Fat Loss
correctly, aerobic training can serve as a great way to accelerate the fat
burning process. It’s important to note that this only serves as fact as long as
the aerobic exercise isn’t overdone and is paired with an effective
weight-training program. Aerobic exercise can never replace weight training, as
it doesn’t re-shape your body or work to permanently increase your metabolism.
the most of aerobic exercise, it must be done within the “fat burning zone.”
This is the zone at which your specific body is performing hard enough to make
it burn fat. You can calculate this yourself by taking your age times .75 and
then subtracting this number from 220. This number represents what your pulse
must be in order to get into this zone.
are times when performing aerobic activity is more effective. There are really
only two times when performing aerobic exercise is effective in burning fat. The
first of these is when aerobic activity is done in the morning before eating
breakfast. Be sure to drink water before doing so, in order to prevent
dehydration. Science has shown that performing aerobic exercise at this time,
you burn 300% more body fat than at any other time of the day. This is the case
because your body does not yet have any stored carbs to burn. Therefore, your
body must immediately rely on fat, as its fueling source.
other ideal time to do aerobic exercise for max fat burning benefits is right
after you perform a weight training session. The body takes between 20-30
minutes before it begins burning fat, therefore doing your weight training
session first will burn off the glycogen (carbs) in your body and by the time
you’re set for your aerobic training session, your body will be better prepared
to burn fat.
The most effective forms of aerobic exercise include jogging (either
outside or on the treadmill), brisk walking, the stationary bike, the
elliptical, the rowing machine, the stair stepper, and running. Any combination
of these can be safely done 6 days a week. However, remember that your weight
training routines cannot always precede these sessions, as 6 days a week is
about 3 too many for weight training, Combine early morning workouts with
post-weight training workouts, for maximum fat loss results. Increased intensity
will boost your body’s fat burning furnace.
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