This is by far the easiest cardiovascular exercise I have ever done, but yet it burns more calories than jogging! This post is going to be short, but incredibly sweet. Because how sweet would it be if we had an easy form of cardio?! Before I divulge one of my most coveted trade secrets for cardiovascular training, I’m going to tell you exactly what this method can allow you to achieve and what benefits I take from it.
Here is the list of benefits of using this method:
- First and foremost, increased fat burning at minimum energy output.
- This method spares muscle as opposed to jogging which tends to make your muscles lean and wiry looking.
- Increased lower back strength.
- Increased growth rate of the calf muscles.
- Increased endurance.
- Sweat output is greatly increased, (even compared to ALL other forms of cardio) which is incredibly healthy.
I use this exercise myself as the chief form of cardio in the TarzanBuilt program. Not only is it more effective at fat burning in less time, I find that it is far easier to go long periods of time. The exercise trumps jogging any day in every category.
SO HERE IT IS:
…walking on a treadmill at 15% incline!
Just hop on the treadmill at your local gym, adjust the incline setting to as steep as it can go, which is usually 15% incline, and walk. This method burns more calories per minute than jogging! This method is easy enough on the body to allow for double the time you could spend jogging. I always find that I am winded and wasted after 20 minutes of jogging. Walking at an incline allows me to go 45 minutes to an hour before I feel the same way!
Here is how I implement this cardio into my routine:
- I walk for 40-60 minutes 3 days a week, and also on any off days.
- I always separate this exercise from my lifting days. This is so that it will not hurt the intensity of my lifting sessions.
- If I am particularly inclined to lean up, I will do this exercise in the early mornings and do my lifting session later in the day.
NOTE: When you first begin this exercise, it will cause pain in the lower back. This is because you must lean forward marginally during the exercise. Just keep in mind that this is normal, and it is simply the sign of weak lower back muscles. Once the lower back muscles have strengthened and adapted, this pain will disappear.
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