If you’re looking to get your fitness routine into check, you may be considering steady state cardio. Here’s some information that can help you make the right decision while avoiding these common myths and misconceptions.
1 It’s Useless
For some reason, many people on the internet like to shout that steady state cardio is just plain useless for weight loss. In reality, it’s quite an effective option. Steady state cardio means performing an activity at a moderate intensity for as long as you can muster. This usually results in longer but more achievable workouts. You’ll definitely burn calories during your workouts too.
Following the workout, you will recover more quickly. Over time, you’ll also see your endurance increasing and you’ll be able to go for longer and longer bouts of time.
2 It Eats Muscle
This misconception is spread across all types of cardio, but it’s probably the least true for steady state. The idea is that, when your body isn’t getting enough nutrients from your diet, it will steal it from your muscle fibers to fuel your workouts. This is especially true with high intensity interval training, which puts a lot of strain on your body both during and after your routine is up.
With steady state, however, your body won’t need as much fuel for the moderate intensity. That means you can go for longer on less, but it doesn’t mean you can get away with not fueling up your body. That’s why pre and post workout drinks are a must no matter what you’re doing.
3 You’ll Adapt To It Quickly
This is a myth that says your body will simply “adapt” to your steady state routine and it will not have any affect after so many days, weeks, or months. While it is good to keep mixing things up so that you can challenge yourself, the only “adapting” your body will be doing is through the building of muscle and endurance, and isn’t that what you want?
Your steady state cardio routine will make you a healthier individual. Once running a mile a day becomes your “norm” you might want to push yourself by going uphill, faster, or for longer and your body will eventually get strong enough to handle that with ease too. But, the workout still counts because you still need calories and nutrients to perform it.