GETCLEVER WITH YOUR CAR­DIO

Make smart de­ci­sions about what, when and how and you’ll get fit­ter, health­ier and leaner in less time

Men's Fitness - - Trainer | Cover Model Alex Cannon -

SWITCH IT UP

“Do­ing the same thing time and again is the fastest route to stag­na­tion – and com­plete bore­dom,” says Can­non. “To make car­dio train­ing ef­fec­tive for fat loss and bet­ter health, and to keep your mind mo­ti­vated, you need to keep switch­ing it up. Try dif­fer­ent ex­er­cises at dif­fer­ent paces.”

KEEP IT IN­TENSE

“Slow and steady car­dio can help you clear your mind, and ob­vi­ously it’s great for en­durance fit­ness, but if you want to burn more calo­ries you need to get your heart pump­ing fast by keep­ing car­dio short and in­tense. A 15-minute burst is plenty if you’re work­ing hard.”

DO CAR­DIO LAST

“For years peo­ple have ar­gued about whether to do car­dio be­fore or af­ter lift­ing weights, but for the best out­come I rec­om­mend al­ways do­ing your car­dio work af­ter weights. You need to be fresh and fo­cused to lift weights well, and you’ll burn more fat if you save the car­dio for af­ter.”

LEARN TO EN­JOY IT

“To make car­dio train­ing as ef­fec­tive as pos­si­ble it’s re­ally im­por­tant to ex­per­i­ment and find the type of train­ing you en­joy. If you look for­ward to a ses­sion then you’re far more likely to at­tack it with pur­pose. And the more you ap­ply your­self to it, the more you’ll get out of it.”

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