As I mentioned in my post about Functional Training, trends in the fitness industry seem to come and go, swinging back and forth like a pendulum. Aerobic exercise is no different.
In recent years, traditional aerobic exercise, also known as “steady state cardio,” has come under attack in the fitness industry. Numerous articles have been published with titles such as “Regular Cardio Will Make You Fat,” and everyone has jumped on the High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) bandwagon. There are several things wrong here. First, the research claiming that “cardio will make you fat” is sketchy at best. Second, what most people call “HIIT” is actually more like moderate-intensity short-duration training, which misses the benefits of high intensity training as well as the benefits of long duration training. We’ll go into greater detail on these topics at a later date, but for now suffice it to say that aerobic exercise is actually a good thing for your health, and the article below provides evidence as to some benefits of cardio that may surprise you: