Hard versus Easy Cardio

August 21, 2009

Greetings folks!  Hope this blog post finds each of ou doing excellently.  Here’s a little tidbit for the cardio-philes out there.

istock_000004542942xsmallDid you know that if you run a mile (or any set distance) as fast as you can, or if you run the mile as slowly and leisurely as you can, you will burn about the same number of calories either way?  Also, if you run the mile as fast as you can, you will put more stress on your cardiovascular and muscular systems, and you will burn more carbs (muscle sugar, i.e. glycogen) than if you just trot the mile.  On the other hand, if you casually trot the mile, it will take much more time to cover the mile, and your body will use much more fat for fuel to power your run than if you ran the mile as fast as you possibly could.

So, do you want to burn more fat during your cardio?  If so, then exercise at an easy to moderate level.  Or, if your goal is cardiovascular conditioning, then exercise at a moderate to intense level.  Or, get the best of both worlds with interval training.


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9 Responses to “Hard versus Easy Cardio”

  1. Keri Eagan says:

    LOL Comfort instead of speed. Sounds more like me.

    Keri Eagan
    Anything Alternative

  2. Great point, sounds like Interval Training.

    Robert Martin

  3. Katie says:

    I’m an interval training kind of gal.

    Have you ever seen a fat sprinter? No.

    Have you seen a pudgy marathoner . . . yes.

    Intensity makes you stronger, fit and less flabulous. 😉

    Cleanse from the inside out, Katie

  4. Hi Darryl,

    certainly one of the “take care” of yourself which I gently recommend to grievers while working with them with the Grief Recovery process is to gently take care of their fitness health. how are you eating? are you exercising at all? what are some of the things you are doing to take care of YOUR health? Often when a widow or widower was the main caregiver, their own health is neglected one their loved one dies

    Take care,

    April Braswell

    Young Widows Grief Bereavement Counseling Vegas Orange County, Costa Mesa Fountain Valley Huntington Beach, CA

  5. Hi Darryl,

    I am working on the Weight Loss focused work out (fat loss, fat burning) where I am working at a moderate pace for longer periods of time.

    Of course, a few sprints interspersed to get my heart rate UP and to keep it interesting also helps!

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

    Single Baby Boomer Dating Success Expert

  6. Makes it easier for people to decide on a pace. Heart rate monitors make it even easier. We have so much information and technology these days to make things easier but we still have our old-fashioned minds that prevent us from taking action and sticking with it.


  7. Lynn Lane says:


    Good to know. Now I can take my time. 😉


    Warrior Of Success Training

  8. John Ho says:

    Hi Darryl,

    First off, I appreciate much that you have comments on 10-12 of my blog posts at Numerology Expert Birthday Numeroscope ! Thank you!

    As to your blog post here today, it really drives home how to benefit from exercising the appropriate way.

    In the aread of wieght lifting, if we want to build muscle, we need to do lifting slowly; if we want to burn fat or carbo, we need to do it fast.

    John Ho
    Numerology Expert Birthday Numeroscope
    Numerology Expert Helps Understanding Personality for Better Influence & Persuasion

  9. JJ Jalopy says:

    Interesting stuff Darryl!

    I’m impatient so I like my cardio to be as hard and quick as possible!

    JJ Jalopy
    Marketing for Life Coaches



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