What is Fasted Cardio?

26 Feb

I mentioned “fasted cardio” the other day to one of my gym-rat friends, and she asked what it was. I immediately thought – what a great idea for a blog post. So here goes!

The thinking behind fasted cardio is getting up first thing in the morning and doing 30-60 minutes of low intensity cardio, most importantly on an empty stomach. 

The idea is that your body will burn fat stores immediately from the get-go, rather than using glucose stores (which it usually would when you have food in your system). This means you have a greater ability to target and lose fat in stubborn places — bye bye thighs!!

Here are some handy tips for fasted cardio:

1. There is no need to do fasted cardio everyday. Adding a morning run to your workout 2 times a week is perfect.

2. Be sure to keep the intensity on the low side. You want to ensure you are working at an aerobic level, and you are capable of keeping up a conversation. Trying to workout too hard on an empty stomach will just burn you out, and will decrease your muscle mass.

3. Keep in mind that a healthy diet is the real key to fat loss, not fasted cardio. If you add this to your weekly routine, ensure it is just a supplement to a healthy diet!


4 Responses to “What is Fasted Cardio?”

  1. Chocolate Covered Race Medals February 26, 2014 at 5:57 PM #

    Love the tips you provided with this as well. I do it often but it’s not for everyone!

  2. Cassy February 26, 2014 at 6:14 PM #

    Very informative! I’ve been hearing this term SO much lately.

  3. Kristin February 26, 2014 at 6:14 PM #

    This is a great idea!! 😉 Thanks for sharing!


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