Many people get confused about how to best manage healthy weight levels. They are unsure if low-intensity workouts that utilize fat for energy are superior to high-intensity workouts that use carbohydrates for fuel. Of course, any workout is a good workout.
That definitely beats the alternative of remaining sedentary and burning no calories at all! However, the question still remains as to whether we should approach our exercise sessions with vigorous intensity – or in a more reserved manner.
Why do people exercise?
While the benefits of exercise are virtually unlimited in number, most people still report exercising in order to burn calories – plain and simple. They want to manage their weight. For any number of personal reasons, they are dissatisfied with their bodies and their health levels.
They are becoming concerned, as they age, that they are doomed to experience the development of many preventable diseases. And in most cases, they are absolutely justified to feel this way. The fact is that exercising is profoundly important to human health, happiness and longevity. Still, people are most often exercising in an attempt to lose weight, shed fat – in a nutshell, to burn calories.
High Intensity Fitness Vs. Slow Calorie Burning
It is a misconception that working out with high intensity levels does not burn fat. It is a misconception that working out with low-intensity levels for longer durations burns fat more efficiently. The truth of the matter is simple:
When you train at low-intensity levels of less than 70% of your maximum performance rates, you will be using stored fats as your primary source of energy. That is a good thing, so don’t let anybody tell you that a low-intensity workout is not beneficial. However, when you keep your intensity levels high at 75% of your maximum performance rates or more, you will ultimately burn more calories than while working out at lower intensity rates.
Now, your body, and your scale, has no clue about the scientific differences between high intensity workouts and low-intensity workouts. What will affect the readout on your scale is simply the matter of calories that you burn – the caloric deficit that you create. Nothing else. The ultimate goal for weight loss and weight management is to create a negative energy balance by burning a maximal amount of calories. It is as simple as that.
Face the facts
Most likely, those people who report believing in slow calorie burns are lazy. It’s true. When you go into the gym, you need to pay particularly close attention to your intensity levels. Stop resting so long in between sets. Do more reps per set.
Instead of spending 30 minutes on a treadmill at level one, opt to spend just 10 minutes on it at level seven. Intentionally increase the intensity of your workouts and you will notice a significant decrease on your scale ratings much more rapidly.
The gym is no place to try to be lazy. It is not meant to be a social event. Just being at the gym, going through lazy motions, will not help you to achieve your weight management goals. You have to try harder, stay focused, expend more energy, feel the burn – and create that calorie deficit that you claim to be pursuing so diligently.
While any workout’s a great workout, you need to realize that by stepping up your intensity, you’re going to be far more successful at reaching and maintaining your optimal weight level.