Thursday, March 11, 2010

Give Your Cardio a Boost

Many people think you have to log hours and hours of cardio to lose weight. Well, with the 5-Factor Diet that's just not true! Following your regular strength-training workouts, I suggest 5 minutes of cardio at a high intensity to get you into the fat-burning zone — where the weight-loss magic happens!

Of course, I have several clients who enjoy more lengthy cardio sessions. Some love the way they feel when they step off the elliptical machine; some use exercise as a way to relieve stress; others want to lose even more weight. The fact is, the more cardio you do, the more calories you're going to burn.

So if you're looking for additional calorie burning or you've hit a weight-loss plateau, challenge yourself to increase your cardio by 5 or 10 minutes. There's no need to go beyond 30 minutes; in fact, pushing yourself could result in injury or fatigue. I don't suggest doing more than 10 or 15 minutes of cardio at a time — then you'll save enough juice for the next day's workout!

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