We all love a good old-fashioned cardio session; headphones on, music blasting, sweat pumping, and chugging away like a cartoon freight train. Cardiovascular exercise is an important part of any complete exercise and fitness routine, but did you know that there are any number of different cardio workouts that you could utilize at different times of the day to get better results?
First of all, fasted cardio, or cardio training on an empty stomach, is a great way to start the day if you have the time and ability to get up early and workout before breakfast. 30-45 minutes of cardio right out of bed in the morning can be a great way to burn body fat as not having any food in your system can lead to greater fat burning during exercise. Just make sure to avoid going too long, over 45-60 minutes, on an empty stomach as it can cost you that hard-earned muscle you’ve been working on.
Interval cardio is a great and more advanced way to test your cardio capabilities and is a great option if you are doing cardio later in the day when you have had a few meals. If you have fuel in your system, partaking in a cardio routine that uses more energy and takes more effort can be a great way to burn through energy stores and torch calories, especially if you can't train fasted first thing in the morning. Interval training can be as simple as alternating between high and low speeds on a treadmill, elliptical, or bike for 30-45 minutes. Push yourself during the higher intervals, and use the lower ones to rest and recover.
Finally, high-intensity interval training, or HIIT cardio, can be a great way to burn a ton of calories in a short amount of time and is a great way to get a great cardio workout in when your time is limited or you are looking to get a little cardio in after weight training. Pick an exercise, like sprinting, rowing on a rowing machine, or any other intense exercise, and perform it as intensely as possible for 30 seconds, then rest for 30 seconds to recover. Perform that circuit 10-15 times through for an amazing workout in under 15 minutes!
With any kind of cardio, it’s always a good idea to keep some fuel coming in to support your lean tissue while exercising. Drinking a scoop of Bare Aminos BCCA Powder mixed in water during cardio training can help spare muscle tissue while training. Make sure you are doing the right kind of cardio at the right time of day and you’re sure to get a solid workout and see great results!