The Best Cardio to Lose Belly Fat (Even if you hate cardio)
The Best Cardio to Lose the Belly Fat
Want to find out how I used cardio to lose the stubborn mommy belly fat even if I hate it with my whole being? 🤮
Raise your hand if you hate C-A-R-D-I-O! 🙋♀️
The most cardio I have done is 25-30 minutes, 5 times per week. To me, that’s a lot! But it’s still at bare minimum. ANd even if I hate it, I follow my coach’s protocol because I’m an awesome client! 😉 But I’m not doing anything more than 30 minutes of cardio…
Here’s my take on cardio:
The Best Cardio to Reach Your Goals
The best cardio to reach your goals, the best one to lose that stubborn fat, that belly fat that doesn’t seem to budge no matter what you do—are you ready??
Is the cardio that you love to do.
It’s not HIIT, it’s not the endless mile-long runs, it’s what you enjoy doing the most! I personally enjoy low intensity activities such as walking outdoors and at most moderate intensity. The main reason I don’t enjoy HIIT is that it’s very high taxing to the nervous system and it involves too much thinking.
You know, 20 seconds high intensity then 10 seconds rest? Of course you can use a beeping timer, but still–gotta pay attention to that!
If you like HIIT because you enjoy it, it’s time efficient, you can burn as much calories with a shorter amount of time , more power to yah! But it’s a NO for me. I dread it, I don’t look forward to doing it, and I’d rather much have my time spent on walking.
And if you really can’t seem to lose the weight, read this article to find out what you could be unknowingly doing that’s sabotaging your results. Read The Best Way to Lose Weight.
3 Ways to Enjoy Cardio
So I found a way for me to enjoy cardio. Not everyone has the discipline and the motivation to just do it because it’s in their program. It took a lot of time and effort for me to develop that. And even with my solid discipline, there will still be days of not feeling like it!
To learn how to love (or even a wee bit tolerate) cardio, choose something that is:
- Quick. A cardio doesn’t have to last for an hour. There is no need to be on the treadmill for more than 30 minutes if you focus on getting your workout done. A caloric deficit (which will make you lose fat) can be achieved when cardio is coupled with the right amount of food that you eat.
No idea how much you need to eat to be in a deficit? Hire a coach (my preferred method as it’s the most accurate one) or use an online macro calculator.
- Tolerable. Don’t punish yourself if your body cannot tolerate high intensity cardio. Just because you can’t do plyometrics and burpees 50x doesn’t mean you can’t get a good workout in. Not only can they not be enjoyable, but could also make you more prone to injuries.
- Easy. I just want to do my cardio mindlessly while I have my focus on my podcasts. Personal development while losing weight, anyone? Multitasking at its best! Pick something like elliptical, treadmill, or walking so you can do other tasks or listen to your favorite music.
In short, what we enjoy doing, is the one that we’ll stick to and contribute to the consistency. I know we need to push ourselves beyond our limits, but trust me. Just doing a cardio session is way beyond my limits already. Getting it done is a BIG WIN. And if you’re in the same boat as I am, any movement, is good enough.
Ever since I implemented these, I started enjoying cardio more, no matter how much I hate it to begin with.
To summarize it to you my lovelies, find something you love and you will do it more often, stay consistent, and see awesome results!