Don’t believe the hype! These common cardio myths get way too much traction:
- Skip weights and just do cardio to lose weight quickly: Ugh! This is one of the most common cardio myths, and it just isn’t true. Strength training can double as cardio, burns more calories throughout the entire day post-workout, and helps you rev up your metabolism. The more muscle you have, the more calories you’ll burn at rest!
- Do cardio first: There are mixed opinions on this topic, but if you want to have enough energy to lift serious weight and build lean muscle mass, you’re better off leaving cardio for the end of your workout or even a separate training day. You’ll be able to approach both a weightlifting and cardio workout with optimal energy if you opt to do cardio afterward.
- Stay in the fat-burning zone: If you want to lose weight or change your physique with cardio, focus on mixing up your zones and challenging your fitness with high-intensity or more vigorous sessions a few times a week. Most weight loss and fat-burning occur because you’re taking in less or burning more calories than what’s needed every day to maintain your weight. And don’t get comfortable with one type of cardio workout or you’ll hit a plateau.
- Rely on the machine: Most cardio machines overestimate how many calories you’re burning. I’d suggest relying on heart-rate monitors for more accurate numbers each workout.