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The short answer: it depends! 

Just like resistance training where different reps, sets and loads will yield a different response from the body, cardiovascular exercise also depends on different variables when it comes to how it effects the body. For our purposes in the general health and fitness arena, there are three main types of cardio that we employ to help our clients:

 -  Low-intensity/long-distance: burns the most calories from fat; low-impact; many general recreational activities fall into this category (walking, hiking) 

-         -  Moderate-intensity/moderate-distance: burns the most total calories overall; endurance sports fall in this category (marathoning, rowing, cycling) 

-          - High-intensity/short-distance: burns the most calories in the shortest amount of time; most activities can be done by experienced exercisers/athletes (plyometrics, sprint drills) 

So, the first step to picking your cardio is to decide what you want to achieve. Burn the most fat? Do low-intensity/long-distance! Create the biggest calorie deficit? Moderate-intensity/moderate-distance is the way to go! Burn as many overall calories as you can in a short amount of time? Then high-intensity/short-distance is where you wanna be! Want to be the best all-around, fittest version of yourself you can be? Then do all three!

The best thing about cardio exercise, is you can do it in any combination, and sprinkle it into your overall fitness plan however you want! So get creative! And as always, your coaches at Sentinel Performance will always be here to help you figure out the best way to get the most bang for your buck!

Additional questions or comments? Comment below, or email any of your four Sentinel trainers at jihan@sentinelperformancellc.com  frank@sentinelperformancellc.com  joe@sentinelperformancellc.com!



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