The 411 on Fasted Cardio

Ah, yes. Fasted cardio. Arguably one of the most searched fitness topics on Google. Is fasted cardio good for you? Is fasted cardio effective? What is fasted cardio? Should I do fasted cardio?

Hopefully, this blog post will answer all of your fasted cardio questions.

Fasted cardio is cardio (running, bicycling, swimming, etc) on an empty stomach from a fasted state. Typically, fasted cardio happens right when you wake up because your body has been without food / water for 6+ hours, therefore, you have been fasting {hence, breakfast – break – fast – breaking the fast}.  Fasted cardio can be done for various lengths of time, however, I recommend no more than 20 minutes. If you exercise for longer than 20 minutes of intense cardio then you risk your body using your lean muscle as fuel rather than fat {adipose tissue}. Let’s not forget you’re asking your body to perform without any fuel. From my experience, fasted cardio is an effective way to lose weight. However, you shouldn’t do fasted cardio all the time {that’s an entirely different blog post topic}. Also, keep in mind that fasted cardio isn’t for

Fasted cardio can be done for various lengths of time, however, I recommend no more than 20 minutes. If you exercise for longer than 20 minutes of intense cardio then you risk your body using your lean muscle as fuel rather than fat {adipose tissue}. Let’s not forget you’re asking your body to perform without any fuel. From my experience, fasted cardio is an effective way to lose weight. However, you shouldn’t do fasted cardio all the time {that’s an entirely different blog post topic}. Also, keep in mind that fasted cardio isn’t for

From my experience, fasted cardio is an effective way to lose weight. However, you shouldn’t do fasted cardio all the time {that’s an entirely different blog post topic}. Also, keep in mind that fasted cardio isn’t for every one. Some people hate the thought of waking up and exercising for 20 minutes on a totally empty stomach. Me, however, I like adding fasted cardio to my routine ever so often to keep my body guessing.

I will do fasted cardio for two weeks {6 days a week} then take off a week and cycle that routine. Due to my schedule, I am limited on time in the morning for exercise so I try to spend 15 – 20 minutes on fasted cardio before starting my day {during the two-week cycle}. I have three fasted cardio routines:

  • Run 1 or 2 miles
  • Run 1 mile and 10 minutes of circuit training
    • A combination of battle ropes, agility ladder drills, push-ups, burpees, etc.
  • Run 1 mile and 10 minutes of yoga
    • Mostly focusing on stretching and core strength

Fasted cardio takes commitment…. are you ready for that commitment?

Cheers,
Jenn

PS: Don’t forget you can always get trim with Jenn 🙂 

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