Is your cardio workout effective or hindering your health?
Cardio workouts have long been advised as a way to lose weight and stay healthy. But what if that isn't true? Emerging science is showing that steady state cardio on its own is not effective for weight loss and in many cases can have the opposite effect and inhibit a person's ability to lose fat. Not only can it affect your weight loss goals, it can affect your overall health, leading to reduced muscle mass, increased appetite, and is correlated to an increase in chronic disease and mortality. The Great Cardio Myth breaks down the science of cardio, why it doesn't work, and what you should be doing instead.
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, M.Sc., is a Strength & Conditioning coach, creator of the bestselling Turbulence Training plan. Craig also has an advanced research background, completing a Master's of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology from McMaster University. He is a contributing author to Men's Health and Women's Health magazines, and a member of the Training Advisory Board for Maximum Fitness and Oxygen magazines. He is also the creator of the lifestyle blog, Early to Rise. Chelsea Ratcliff is a graduate student at the University of Utah in Health Communication. She is specializing in how health research is employed by health professionals and the media to guide health-based behaviors and recommendations. She has been a freelance health/fitness writer for several outlets, including U.S. News & World Report.