Thursday, January 21, 2016

Work Smarter Not Harder: Cardio Facts


You should be burning 500 + calories during your cardio sessions. LIES! I used to focus on numbers rather than intensity. You want to train smarter not harder.

Slogging away on the treadmill to hit some magic number is a waste of time and energy since machines can only roughly estimate your metabolic rate. Ignore the red digits on the console and focus on intensity instead.

If you work harder in shorter bursts, you’ll burn more calories even after your workout is over. Using a heart rate monitor can help you stay on track and keep you motivated (aim to stay between 75 to 85 percent of your max heart rate) or the rate of perceived exertion scale of 1 to 10 (strive for an 8 or 9 on high-intensity intervals) to determine if you're working hard enough.

Heart rate monitor watch. Polar FT7. 791 calories is the total burned for both cardio and strength training.

My heart monitor keeps me on focused. It allows me to see the calories burned, heart rate, and whether I'm in my "fat burning zone" or not. I've had mine for 3 and half years now. It does exactly what I need it to do. All I've had to do as far as maintence is wipe it down and change out the batteries. I would like to upgrade to a newer model this year though. I know the Fitbit is whats hot in the streets right now, but I'll pass. 

Do you wear a heart rate monitor? Do you find it to be useful?

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