Misleading information can make exercise more complicated than it should be. Fitness tech company Digifit dispels common cardio workout myths and says that while you might burn more calories with a harder workout, a slower one will burn more fat.
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The best method for burning fat at a higher percentage is a steady, consistent workout in Zone 2 (60-69% max heart rate), the fat burning zone. This zone uniquely targets fat because fat is a slow burning fuel, so if you do a long and less-intense workout, your body will target a higher amount of fat cells then carbohydrates. While you may burn more net calories in higher heart rate zones, you will burn the highest per cent of fat calories in Zone 2.
Pushing yourself too hard too often isn’t good for you anyway, so it’s a good idea to make those intense workouts the exception rather than the rule. For more heart training myth busting, check out the full post over on Digifit.