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by Thong M. Dao

Have you ever wondered which cardio exercise is the best? Is it low or high intensity exercise routine? In fact, both programs help us burn off body fat. Now let’s find out which one is better for fat loss?

Scientists found that high impact exercise enables the body to burn glycogen which is a kind of carbohydrates. The body stores glycogen in the liver and muscles and will use it for energy. It’s also believed that under a low impact exercise, the body burns a lot of fat.

Unfortunately, researchers were not completely correct. To this day, there are more overweight people than ever though they exercise with low intensity. Why is it?

The scientists were right when they said the human body burns more body fat during low intensity cardio training like walking or swimming. But during a high intensity exercise such as running, the body will burn a lot more calories. Even if some of the calories burnt are from glycogen, there are still many fat calories burned as well.

What’s more, when your glycogen level becomes low, carbohydrates from food will be turned into glycogen for storage. They’ll not be converted to body fat even when left unused.

Cardio exercises with high intensity will boost your metabolism during and after your workout. Your metabolism will still be active for long hours later.

However, this is not the case with low impact cardio exercise which will not boost your metabolism that long. In short, chances are high intensity training helps burn more body fat than low.

So to take the best of both worlds, we need to figure out a routine where high and low intensity exercises work together. For instance, 5 minutes on power tower then 5 minutes on punching bag.

Then, walk briskly again until we have caught our breath and then sprint for a minute before we walk again. From this point, simply alternate running and walking for the next 15 minutes until we are done. If you don’t like walking, do the same with a cardio exercise machine.

And cardio workout not only burns body fat. More importantly, you’ll experience high energy levels all the time.

For all newbies, be persistent and pace yourself, one step at a time. Be careful or you’ll get burned out! It is also important to track your progress to see how well you have been doing.

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