Steady State Cardio
Steady State Cardio: When it comes to fitness training and exercise, there’s no shortage of options and approaches. From endurance to high intensity interval training (or HIIT), it seems there’s something for everyone. This is good for a number of reasons.
One, there’s no one right way to exercise that works for everyone. Two, people have different exercise personalities, and while one person may enjoy going for a five-hour run, another person may only want to lift weights. Steady state cardio is one exercise and fitness approach that works for many because it’s straightforward and easy to embrace, and because it can lend itself to mindfulness and mindful fitness – something that’s on a lot of people’s minds.
What is steady state cardio?
Steady state cardio is simply a cardio workout where you put out a continuous, steady effort. For example, with interval training you moderate intensity, right? You might sprint for a minute and then walk for a minute. With steady state cardio, you don’t vary the intensity. You find a pace that you can maintain for a predetermined distance or amount of time and you go.
The concept of steady state can be applied to just about any type of exercise. If you can do interval training for something, then you can also do steady state. However, we’re talking specifically about steady state cardio, so this naturally assumes that you’re going to increase your heart rate and get an aerobic workout. Steady state keeps your heart rate at a moderate level. It’s a pace that you can maintain for 20-30 minutes at a time or more. Aerobic or cardio workout means that you’re using oxygen for energy.
Anaerobic, a state that you can get to with sprinting and high intensity exercise, requires your cells to utilize other resources besides oxygen for energy and muscle contraction.
There are benefits to both types of exercise, and we’ll talk more about integrating steady state cardio into a comprehensive or holistic exercise program. For right now, let’s talk about different types of cardio exercise and then dive into the many benefits of steady state.