What A Moderate Intensity Workout Can Do For You

What A Moderate Intensity Workout Can Do For You

Want to know what a moderate intensity workout can do for you?  Well, first you need to know what it is.  A moderate intensity workout is when you have moderate increases in breathing, sweating and heart rate.  You should be able to hold a conversation but not on a continuous basis.  I mean, if you are wanting to do a little gossiping with your friend while you guys are working out, by all means do it.  You just won’t be able to talk as fast as you would like. You will have to breathe in between your little gossiping session.

Examples are brisk walking, water aerobics, ballroom dancing, bicycling slower than 10 miles an hour and gardening.

To attain a moderately intense workout, your target heart rate should be 50-70% of your maximum heart rate.  If you are an older adult or someone that hasn’t worked out in a while, then you should start at a lower intensity and work your way up.  I suggest going to your doctor to see if you are healthy enough to do a moderate intense workout.

A moderate intensity workout won’t burn as much fat as a low intensity workout does.  Sorry, but it’s true.  In fact, it only burns 55% fat and 45% carbs.  Remember, in order to start burning fat you must burn your glycogen storage first.  This can take up to 30 minutes to do.

I think that if you want to burn equal amounts of fat and carbs, then this is the best way to do it. However, it really depends on what your end goal is.  As with any cardio workout, it is best to include strength training.  You will burn more calories and gain muscle.

You can also change up your workout regimens.  One day can be low intensity and another day be moderate intensity. You should also consider doing a couple of vigorous intensity workouts to help boost your metabolism and burning more calories.

Along with these various cardio workouts, I strongly suggest doing some strength training to help your metabolism and build muscle.

And remember, slow and steady wins the race.

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