High intensity intervals, fasted cardio, low intensity… ever wonder which is best?
You’re certainly not alone. It seems like we’re always on the hunt for the most effective fat burning form of cardio. And that answer is often conflicting.
If you’re a competitive bodybuilder or athlete, choosing the “correct” form of cardio might be incredibly important for your goals. But for everyone else- we read WAY too much into it.
They all burn calories. And they are all effective.
The best type of cardio is always going to be the one that you actually do. You don’t need to worry about which one is going to burn the most calories in the shortest amount of time. If you don’t enjoy it, you’re never going to keep it up.
It may feel like you have to do high intensity intervals because you know they burn lots of calories in a short amount of time. But if you absolutely dread it, you may only end up doing them once per week. On the flip side, if you love being outside and listening to an hour long podcast on a walk, then walking for an hour every day is going to be a better option than trying to force yourself to do interval training.
Fasted cardio might be more effective for you because you love to workout first thing in the morning but hate having a full stomach. Or maybe group classes are the most effective for you because if you don’t have a set schedule, you’ll skip the cardio all together.
Doing something is always better than doing nothing! You don’t have to do sprints to have an effective workout. If all you can do is walk, then walking is a great form of cardio! Maybe it’s not the most “effective” form of cardio, but it’s a great option for YOU.
Personally, I’m all about the active rest/supersetting in the gym. I love keeping my heart rate up during my workouts! What’s your go-to? (No cardio is an option, too)