We’ve read so many articles on the benefits of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) cardio for fat loss and for crying out loud I’ve written many of them! I have been preaching to everybody about how HIIT cardio is the best for fat loss. Well, what if I told you that slow steady cardio is also a great form of cardio to implement for fat loss?
Slow steady cardio serves it purpose for so many different fitness enthusiasts and it has its own respective advantages for fat loss. It also appeals to a different age and fitness experience level demographic.
Slow steady cardio is great for the over-weight who many not have the endurance, speed nor the mobility to do HIIT cardio, it’s also is great for competitive bodybuilders too. The latter’s primary concern is building as much muscle as they can and slow steady cardio is perfect for that as it burns fat and is less likely to reduce their muscle mass.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Slow steady cardio is great for the joints particularly your knees and hips. One of the best cardio machines for this is the stationary bike.
Slow steady cardio is also great for ‘silver’ exercisers – older .people that don’t have the endurance, speed nor mobility to jog fast or sprint fast.
Slow steady cardio is also great option for pregnant women who want to keep in shape as best as they can, perhaps by walking 45 minutes to 1 hour a day.
Slow steady cardio is also great for endurance athletes who have to build a base for faster anaerobic efforts.
Slow steady cardio is also great for reducing obesity and CHD.
“But one of the best ways to avoid boredom is to listen to music as you row, run, walk or cycle at a steady pace”
The only negative I have for slow steady cardio is that at times it can be very monotonous and boring. But one of the best ways to avoid boredom is to listen to music as you row, run, walk or cycle at a steady pace.
Your fave tunes will help take your mind off of the workout and it’ll be over before you know it. I personally mix up my cardio with a combination of HIIT and slow steady cardio just to break up the monotony of doing the same type of cardio over and over again.
If you are constantly switching things up then it will make your workout more enjoyable, keep your training adaptations and fat loss goals coming and you will avoid training plateaus. So slow can be the way to go.