It is pretty much widely known that exercise is essential for weight loss and muscle gain, since more calories must be burned than consumed in a day to lose weight. Also, the muscles must be trained in order to gain mass, yet there are many misconceptions and myths about the best way to lose weight and gain muscle mass at the same time. There is, however, a wrong way to try and achieve this goal, and that is by participating in only cardiovascular exercise.
Cardiovascular exercise is a proven and true way to help somebody lose weight.
However, it is not the best way or the only way. Losing weight through cardiovascular exercise alone requires a great deal of time spent and depending on your intensity and time spent, it can be a slow and dragged out process. Additionally, by doing only the same exercises over and over, you and your body can both reach a plateau where you no longer see any effective improvements.
As mentioned, cardiovascular exercise takes up a load of your free time. For some people this is an inconvenience, but for many other people this is just impossible. Not everyone can pick up and go to the gym for 15 hours a week. Plus with cardiovascular exercise, it takes time for your body to warm up and even get into calorie burning mode.
While cardiovascular exercises will certainly lead to improvements in your heart and lungs, your bones and joints may be paying the price. For example, the consistent and constant pounding that your knees and shins take while running or jogging can severely damage those body parts. Not only is this bad for your long term health, but it can make it harder to workout in the short term as well.
In order for cardio to be beneficial, it needs to be done on a daily basis.
That does mean seven days a week for at least an hour at a time, which can leave the body feeling tired, sore, and unable to perform the next day. This is essential since the body is used to the high intensity workouts, and can actually lead to weight gain if not practiced on an everyday basis.
If you want to see true fat loss from cardiovascular exercise, you have to get into a specific zone called the fat burning zone. The fat burning zone represents a specific range of heart and breathing rate, both of which are very high. That means that low intensity cardio workouts are not effective for burning fat, even though you are still burning calories. High intensity workouts are not ideal for everybody and without them, cardio workouts won’t help you lose fat.
Cardio exercises are not the best for muscle gain, since most of the exercises only work on the lower half of the body. Running, biking, or using an elliptical machine are the most popular cardiovascular workouts, and they only focus on working the leg and abdominal muscles. Additional exercises would have to be performed to gain muscle mass on the upper half of the body.
However, you can get the benefits to your cardiovascular system without actually doing a cardio regimen.
You don’t have to run for miles to work out your heart and lungs, you don’t have to harm your joints and you don’t have to do long workouts each and every day. Turbulence training can give you all the benefits of a cardio workout program – without all the disadvantages.