May 19, 2011
You have probably seen people at the gym, or running out in the open, carrying a heart rate monitor on their wrist, right? Many people tend to laugh at this, wondering why people would be so conscious of their health that they need to consistently monitor their heart rate. All of this is available in the Ab Rocket review, but for the moment… let me tell you why…
Here’s how it works. As you workout, your body uses much more energy in order to keep your muscles working, and you also take in much more oxygen, hence why most people become short of breathe. Once you reach an optimum heart rate (known as your fat burning zone), this can in effect give you a clear indication of the ideal zone that you need to stay in, in order to continue burning fat from your body. As you stay in the fat burning zone, your body continues to burn off more calories than it would at higher or lower heart rates.
So, what is the fat burning zone? The truth is, I can’t tell you. This is a measurement that is generally made either by your doctor, or at your gym. Some machines will even automatically calculate this for you based on your height and your weight, which you can enter in before using a machine.
The most effective machines to get started with for some simple cardio in the fat burning zone are the Treadmill, the Cross-trainer, and the Bike. Each will allow you to get into the fat burning zone, and maintain a steady pace, whilst working different parts of your body. If you haven’t been working out, or are not used to exercising at all, I would advise a healthy way to get started would be to warm up for 5 minutes just below your fat burning zone heart rate, then proceed to workout within your fat burning zone for 15 to 20 minutes. Don’t forget to work down as well, about 5 minutes should suffice.
I must issue a warning however. As your muscles will be being worked out when you do any kind of cardio workout, it is of extreme importance that you keep your water intake up. This is not like going for a stroll down the park, as you will be working your muscles against anything that they might normally expect, in order to continue functioning correctly, you will need to monitor your own fluid intake.
In combination with a simple muscle workout a few times a week, plus a few tips that you can learn from the Ab Rocket Review, I am sure that you will see some benefit from doing cardio workouts within your fat burning zone. As always, before committing to any kind of fitness regime, always consult with your doctor.