Now firstly I want you to think about what you do for cardio, not what exercises, but how long. If you do over 30 minutes in each session raise your hand. For all you with your hands raised I have one thing to say to you. Simply put, you are bloody idiots. And yes you may say it's easy to hide behind this website, so then come to my house and I'll call you a bloody idiot to your face. Slaving away by running for 30 minutes or spending an hour on a treadmill is totally unnecessary. Let me explain.
I am a big guy and like most of you there is nothing I hate more than cardio. In fact, I would used to rather gain fat than actually do it. That was until I read Body for Life. Ever wondered how people make such transformations. Well along with diet and weight training the cardio plays a vital role and it is simple. They don't spend hours everyday slaving away but they spend only 20 minutes, yes only 20 minutes. My old theory of cardio was 30 minutes of running or on an exercise bike at a constant rate and I hated it. Now I spend 20 minutes on the bike and I hate the mornings when I can't do cardio (due to having to be at uni by 8am.)
Cardio Does A Body Good!
Karen Hulse (c) Avidan
The 20 minute cardio is built around interval training. Increasing and decreasing the intensity at certain times. The program begins at about 50% of max effort and then goes to just short of max effort increasing every minute for four minutes. This process repeats four times and on the last cycle you go at maximum intensity for a minute. The other three minutes for those who can add, is either warm-up or warm down. While 20 minutes is not enough time to burn fat the intensity revs your metabolism to such a level you burn fat for hours afterwards.
I thoroughly recommend this form of cardio and challenge anybody to try it and then see how they feel about an hour long session after they have experienced the same result for only 20 minutes of effort. You won't regret it.
Keep it real (and natural),