Writing this post and allowing you to change your perception of “cardio” is very important to me. I want to change your perception by clearing up the definitions of terms that are over-used and misinterpreted in the fitness industry. I will also explain how their misunderstanding is keeping you back from reaching your goals.
Society’s developed definition of “CARDIO”, in general, means to jump on a CARDIO-machine for a determined amount of time. This popular difinition should also include the importance of burning calories while performing the CARDIO. In other words, by this definition we perform cardio through the use of cardio equipment (or running/walking outside) to burn calories. Sound about right?
Well……that’s not what cardio means, does it?
We use the word CARDIO to shorten “cardiorespiratory (cardiovascular) training”. That’s what CARDIO should be. Say it one more time, cardio-respiratory training. To train one’s cardiorespiratory system. This would include the conditioning of our heart and lungs, among other things. But for most of us we don’t give a sh*t about strengthening our heart and lungs, we just want to burn some calories! There is nothing wrong with that, but when I tell people that cardio can be an inefficient way to burn calories and drop fat, they don’t believe me. Partly because they perceive CARDIO as the definition I listed at the top.
This will be a struggle but I no longer want you to connect “calorie burning” with “cardio” or vice-versa. Affiliate “cardio” with “cardio-respiratory training” instead. In general what you are performing is “aerobics” which in simple terms is exercise with the presence of oxygen and your breathing will keep up with the amount of work load output.
Hopefully you’re not completely lost. Next I will review aerobic and anaerobic cardio to help clear things up and show you how we can perform effective “cardio” in regards to fat loss.