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Cardio – Beyond Heart Support

March 11 2013

Cardio – Beyond Heart Support
By: Debra Meszaros
Body Performance Coach- ClubMX

What if you could increase your strength, longevity, and achieve lean body mass in just 12 minutes?

Do you typically spend an hour on a treadmill a few times a week?

Most people exercising are missing out on the important hormonal and health benefits of exercising. If you’re going to spend any amount of time exercising, one might as well get the full benefits of your effort. To truly be optimizing your cardio exercise you need to be engaging all three muscle types: slow, fast, and super-fast muscle fibers, and your energy systems. Since 50% of your muscle fibers are fast fibers, it’s important to remove the old thinking that long slow cardio works the heart muscle; it only works your slow twitch muscle fibers; missing the engaging of the anaerobic processes of the heart.

How to optimize your cardio workout

It only takes twenty minutes to perform the proper cardio exercise. Amazingly, you will only spend 25% of that twenty minutes engaged in intense activity. Here are the actual 5 steps:

1. Calculate your maximum heart rate by subtracting your age from 220
2. Start with a 3 minute warm up
3. Exercise as intense as possible for 30 seconds with a goal to reach your maximum heart rate within that time.
4. Take 90 seconds to recover by performing a slow movement
5. Repeat steps 2-4 seven more times

You can use any type of equipment or method of exercise as long as you reach your maximum heart rate, accuracy is important and it is advised to utilize a heart rate monitor to be assured you are correct in reaching your goal. Regardless of your level of fitness, you should feel totally exhausted in those 30 seconds; you should feel like you cannot go beyond 30 seconds, that’s the confirmation that you are doing it correctly. Another tell tale that you have been performing your cardio correctly, is you should not be able to do this workout every day. It takes 48 hours for your body to recover from the proper cardio workout. Recovery is just as important as the workout. Attempting to do more than 2-3 of these cardio sessions per week can be more damaging than doing good.

The side benefits are….

Performing your cardio exercise in these intervals will likely result in higher endurance, strength, activates your metabolic system helping you to achieve lean body mass. It can increase your body’s ability to produce more HGH, the “fitness” hormone, a/k/a the human growth hormone, by as much as 771%!!!
How to stay optimized

What you do after your workout is vital in determining the outcome of your efforts. The two to three hours that follow your exercise is the time you need to be careful about the food or drink you consume; they have a tremendous impact on the benefits and goals of your exercise. If you are middle-aged or older, if your objective is to burn fat, or if your goal is to build muscle mass, than it is recommended that you consume 25 grams of a “quick” form of protein [like a protein powder drink] within 30 minutes of your exercise. Sugar and carbs, including fruit and sports drinks should not be consumed for at least two hours post exercise. This allows the body to burn the fats released during your exercise and supply you with the full benefits of the HGH released. Consuming the sugars will spark the body to return the fat to its origin and allow the release of somatostatin, a hormone that shuts down HGH activity. If you do not want these benefits and just want to recover, than consuming a 4:1 ratio of carbs to protein is your goal.

©2013 Debra Meszaros All rights reserved; no duplication without permission.
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