You may not know this but EXERCISE IS NOT WHAT BURNS FAT!
Fat is burned 12 to 48 AFTER exercising is done. There is a negligible amount of fat burning that takes place – but it is miniscule by comparison.
Did you ever weigh yourself after exercising and wonder why you didn’t lose any weight?
Actually –most of the weight is lost and fat is burned during the night – When there is NO exercising taking place.
This is when Growth Hormones (a fat burning hormone) is released and most repair is taking place. This is why it is VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE to lose weight if you are not getting sufficient deep sleep.
Deep sleep is when the growth hormones are released.
Deep sleep normally occurs several times a time – in a rhythmic cycle – this is called Delta Sleep.
To make exercise the most efficient time spent – it’s important for you to realize the 4 different components of exercise.
INTENSITY means the intensity or the force and focus of the activity. Basically the more intense the exercise the more the fat-burning hormones are activated.
TYPE means – the selection or variety of the exercise.
There is “Interval Exercising” – which is cyclical or action/inaction – or exercise/recovery.
This would include: sprinting, weight lifting, surging, climbing stairs, basketball, spinning, etc
And there is “Sustained Exercising” (LSD – Long Sustained Duration) where the pulse remains fairly constant.
This would include long walks, long even runs, sustained bicycling, etc
Smaller increments of intense exercise activates the Growth Hormones which trigger the fat-burning.
Sustained exercise activates the Stress Hormones which can negate the fat burning and actually can trigger the fat-storing. Especially for those of us who are already under too much stress.
This is why those who are under stress (physical or emotional) should not engage in heavy, intense exercise and stick to long walks.
The next factor is DURATION. This is the length of time of the exercise activity.
The optimum duration for exercise is between 25 and 40 minutes.
And finally there is the FREQUENCY. This is the time between exercise activities.
Most fat-burning is done during the “Recovery” period – which is the time after and in between the exercise.
So it is extremely important to rest in between exercise and allow proper recovery to occur.
This recovery period is a function of overall health and the ability of the body (especially the nervous system) to slow down and recover.
So it’s important to know your body type and your recovery ability to maximize your exercise program and to create an efficient exercise regimen.