Cardio. It’s supposed to be the magical fat-melting exercise method that allows you to overcome the pizza you ate last night, that big holiday dinner binge, and the Halloween candy you steal from your children. But does it really work? Why does performing cardio leave you feeling like you’re doing so much for so little — if anything at all? 

The short answer is no, it doesn’t. The long answer is we’ve all been fooled. Hoodwinked. Misled down the path of elliptical machines, treadmills, jogging paths, and spin classes. 

Cardio, as research has proven over and over again, doesn’t work as it’s believed to. In fact, performing cardio can actually leave you worse off than you were before you started while simultaneously wasting upwards of half-an-hour of your precious time.  

In my new book, The Great Cardio Mythmy co-author Chelsea Ratcliff and I expose the biggest lies, half-truths, and myths associated with cardio exercise — and there are a lot of them.  

For example, did you know cardio accidentally became the recommended norm for healthy exercise? Did you know most people overestimate the number of calories they burn each workout — often by 30 per cent or more? Did you know that jogging a few miles doesn’t burn off a cupcake, and that spending 60 minutes on the cardio confessional is not a license to eat and drink all you want over the weekend?  

In our book, we expose the truth behind what cardio really does to your heart and hormones, and why these changes make it so damn hard for you to lose weight and transform your body with just cardio alone.     

With these truths in hand, it’s important that you step away from the treadmill and employ multitude of different methods of exercise to build a better body  both inside and out.  

Reduce your total cardio time and you’ll soon be able to say goodbye to overuse injuries, to fighting off chronic illness brought on by overtraining, and to your kind Auntie Anne, who will no longer pester you with “What’s wrong with you? Are you sick? Eat! Eat!” each time you sit down to a family dinner. 

In recent years, researchers have found short, intense exercises to be significantly more effective than long, drawn out, traditional cardio sessions. Scientists from Australia even found that doing a series of eight-second intense intervals can burn belly fat than doing 40 minutes of cardio per session. What’s even more shocking is that the subjects of the study didn’t change their diet at all, and yet they still lost pounds and inches off their midsection.  

As time moves on, it’s becoming clearer and clearer that your gym’s insistence on stocking more cardio machines is being orchestrated by old school, out-of-touch fitness gurus. Bust that great cardio myth, and you’ll be well on your way to being a better, healthier, and fitter you.   

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