I often get asked the question "what's the best cardio to do?" There is no right or wrong answer to this as it all depends on the individual and whatever their fitness goals may be. So here are some tips to help you navigate in deciding what's the best foot forward for you.
1. CARDIO SELECTION:
Should always be suited to your individual goals and what you ultimately enjoy doing. There is no point in doing something that you hate to do. It will only set you up to fail.
2. PLAY SPORT:
Cardio should be supplementary to your skill and strength training for that sport. Some sports (triathlons) will use cardio style training as skill training.
3. TO RETAIN MUSCLE:
Low-Intensity-Steady-State (LISS) cardio is the best option. This is because:
- low skill level to execute
- low impact demands on the body
- easy to recover from
- lower effort required.
4. CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS & WEIGHT LOSS:
High-Intensity-Interval-Training would be recommended. For the following reasons:
- it burns more calories than LISS
- higher metabolic rate post-workout
- is incredibly taxing on the body
- improve oxygen consumption
5. GENERAL FITNESS:
A mixture of HIIT & LISS cardio will likely give you the best results and the most enjoyable exercise experience.
6. OVERALL HEALTH & WELLBEING:
Some degree of cardio training is recommended regardless of what dieting phase you are in or what you are training for.