Super Lean: 2. Cardio

The most effective form of exercise for fat burning and enhancing general health are those that involve sustained movement, such as running, cycling and swimming.  These forms of exercise are known as aerobic or cardiovascular (cardio) training.

Cardio is short for ‘Cardiovascular exercise’: Cardio is physical activity which uses the major muscle groups and raises the heart rate for an extended period of time. 

Cardio does more than just help you to burn off excess body fat and calories.  It is also proven to help prevent heart disease, heart attack, stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.  It strengthens the immune system, enhances self esteem, reduces depressive symptoms and increases life span.  There is very little that cardio doesn’t do.

The secret to getting the greatest fat burning effect from the least amount of cardio is interval workouts and variation.

1. Interval workouts: consist of short segments of high intensity activity followed by low intensity recovery periods.  Interval cardio workouts are more efficient at burning fat than slow and steady cardio, and are also proven to increase the body’s metabolism (calorie burning) after exercise compared to slow and steady cardio.

 2. Variation: The principle of variation states that results come faster when you challenge your body through exercise in various ways instead of doing the same workout every time.  Variation and interval training will lead to you getting better, faster results from less workout time.

To do and continue to do any form of exercise, you need to enjoy it, so you can choose the form of cardio you do, from running, cycling, swimming, speed walking, cross training or rowing.

For information on the workouts involved in the cardio side of the Super Lean Regime, here: Super Lean Cardio Plan


For more links to do with Super Lean Cardio see here:

Super Lean 2: Cardio
10 Super Lean Cardio Workouts
Cardio Intervals Explained
Super Lean Cardio Plan

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