Which is better? M100 or 45 Minutes of Cardio on the Treadmill?
So which is better? A slow and steady pace? or a high intensity interval training workout? Well, here are some factors you need to consider before making a judgement. A slow and steady turtle may not win the race in this case.
Many will tell you that in order to lose weight is to do a "bunch" of cardio. Just do cardio. Go out and run a few miles a night and the pounds of fat will shed off in a matter of weeks. Is that true? Well, yes to a certain degree. If you were to go on the treadmill for 45 minutes a day, 3-5 times a week, it'll help you lose weight. You'll burn a few hundred calories per workout and feel great doing it.
However, is that the best way to burn excess calories and lose weight? Would going on the treadmill really burn enough calories to eliminate all the calories you consume throughout the day? The thing about the treadmill is, once you step off...you'll stop burning calories.
So what is the M100? well, if you don't know what that is, here is another article that'll explain it. http://www.infobarrel.com/M100_Workout_-_The_Ultimate_High_Intensity_Interval_Training_Exercise. After you've read that article, go ahead and try the workout. You'll find it's VERY difficult to finish. So whats so good about the M100?
Well, the M100 forces you to increase your heart rate just like running on the treadmill. However, it'll also force you to use the largest muscles in your body. This allows the body to use more muscle fuel - in other words, burn more calories. Any strain on your muscle will result in an after burn affect, where you continually burn calories after your workout.
Taking it easy on the treadmill is better than nothing, but it wont force you to increase the amount of calories burned after the workout. Sure, it'll increase your heart rate and improve your overall health, but it's not the same as the M100 workout. Many rely on the treadmill because it's easy to use and has an interesting monitor to show how much work you've actually done. Its much easier than going out for a jog around your neighborhood. The key here is to gain all the muscle you can. This will help with your metabolism throughout the day. You'll notice that gaining fat will be slower if you have a decent amount of muscle.