I burn more fat when I do a lighter intensity cardio.
While this notion is not entirely inaccurate, it is simply not a notion I prescribe to the general population. (I would add something here about where the myth comes from… this post needs a bit more to it. )
First of all, you’ll always burn more total calories and total fat when you exercise at a higher intensity versus a lower intensity over the same duration. Yes, you’ll use a higher percentage of fat as energy while exercising at a lower intensity, but it’ll probably take you 2-3x longer to burn the same number of total calories.
Why cheat your heart and cardiovascular system of the benefits of good, challenging cardio by slowing down in the hopes of burning a higher percentage of fat?
When it comes to cardio, for my money, more is always MORE. Shoot for 20-60 minutes 3-5 days weekly. See a DHAC exercise physiologist to find the cardiovascular intensity that’s best for you.
Dedham Health & Ahthletic Complex