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January 6, 2011 / mybodynbalance

Breaking (it) up?? Not the best idea!! (cardio question)

Here is a question I get asked often: “Would I get the same benefits from breaking up my cardio into shorter intervals a few times a day?”

Not really, and here’s why: The longer the cardio session… the better the “afterburn” (Afterburn is technically known as post-exercise oxygen consumption OR elevated metabolism after your workout.)

It last anywhere from 15 minutes to 48 hours, depending on the intensity and duration of your workout — therefore, if you break up your cardio, you’ll burn the same number of calories during training, but you’ll minimize the number of calories lost because of afterburn.
If your only choice is to break up your cardio…. It’s better than nothing, however, it’s better to set a side some “you” time and get the most out of your workout. After all…. YOU’RE WORTH IT J


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