High Intensity Interval Training, which involves doing fast-paced bursts of all-out cardio mixed with short rest intervals, is all the rage right now!
For SOME people, I think it’s totally fine.
It’s true that it can burn more calories in less time, and that it kicks your metabolism into high gear for the rest of the day.
For other people though – perhaps those already doing hard kettlebell workouts, and/or those who might be over the age of 40, and/or those who might have some injuries or nagging pains – it could actually be a terrible idea!
No matter what, I also think that most ALL people should include some lower-intensity, steady-state type work in their routine too.
When you do steady-state cardio instead, you can move and burn calories while also recovering at the same time. Steady-state cardio is also great for building your aerobic base. Bigger / more toned muscles look good, but your heart is arguably the most important muscle of them all… and training it with moderate and sustained intensity aerobic work is one of the best overall options for most people.
The problem is, it can be tough to get your steady state cardio! Running is tough on the joints. Maybe you don’t have a stationary bike at home. I have a great, low-impact solution:
Rucking is a great way to burn calories while being easier on your body than running. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!
If you’re looking for a rucking backpack, I have a great recommendation. This is the one I use. It can easily hold 20 or 30+ pounds, and it’s FREE (you just pay shipping). Check it out at the link below. It’s worked great for me for the last couple of years, and you can’t beat the price:
HIIT cardio is great, but you should also include some lower-intensity steady state cardio. Rucking is a great low-impact solution to add it in, and the free rucksack I linked above is highly recommended.
Here’s to your continued success!
-Forest Vance Master of Science, Human Movement Certified Kettlebell Instructor KettlebellBasics.net
PS – Check out yesterday’s blog post HERE for more tips on how to get started with rucking!