Ssssshhhhh, don’t tell anyone I did this. But I was so happy to be back in the beautiful surroundings of the Ballantyne farm and the weather was so darn nice that I decided to go for a 30 minute trail run. I saw 4 rabbits, a skunk, a deer and a Bally the Dog! The fresh air was great…and the hills were tough.
And no, those are NOT marijuana plants in the photo!
Back to my “cardio” session…Every once in a while a run is fun, but after the session I was reminded of why cardio is a bad idea for everyday use. The number one reason is overuse injury.
According to research from the journal, Sports Medicine, 75% of all running injuries are from overuse <= constant repetition of the same movement.
So if you have even the slightest tight muscle, it will get worse and worse and worse with EVERY step, eventually leading to injury and a trip to the doctor’s office.
If you do the same thing over and over again, your knees, hips, IT bands (outside of your thighs), and Achilles tendons take a beating. That’s why you need to STOP cardio and use a wide variety of bodyweight exercises instead.
But getting hurt is not the only reason cardio is bad for you.
A 2007 Obesity study found that 300 hours of cardio per year helped men and women lose only 5 pounds. So that’s about 50 hours of cardio to lose each pound of body weight – what a waste of time. Cardio doesn’t work.
And then there is this bad news about cardio…
British researchers found many women start eating MORE food when they start a cardio program. Cardio makes you hungry. And that’s another reason why you struggle to lose fat with long, slow cardio workouts.
Finally, you must know the Cardio LIE that you are told everyday.
Each time you hop on one of those cardio machines, it lies to you about how many calories you burn. The Elliptical Machine (the most useless machine in the gym) overestimates your calorie burning by 42%, according to a study from the University of California.
The Treadmill was also bad … Overestimating calories burned by 13%
The Stationary Bike was okay … Overestimating calories burned by 7%
Fortunately, there is a MUCH better way to lose fat.
It doesn’t involve any cardio and can be done in just 6 minutes.
Here’s why these New & Improved short workouts are so much better for burning your belly fat.
According to a study presented at the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine, scientists found that shorter bursts of exercise allow you to burn more calories in your “AFTERBURN” period.
If you don’t know about Afterburn, it’s basically the MAGIC behind interval training that allows you to lose more weight even though you exercise less.
Even better, these New & Improved short workouts can be done WITHOUT equipment, unlike slow, cardio sessions in the gym.
Do NOT do cardio for weight loss,
Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer