Hey, you said that you need to do cardio for 40min so your body will go into the actual fat stores for energy. Is this only for low intensity? I do 20min HIIT (ranging from 3.5mph to 7/7.5mph, and kicking it to 8/8.5mph the last minute) and I really love it. I suppose I can go for 30 min, but I dont want to at the moment because i'm afraid I will plateau sooner.
I've done low intensity cardio, and as I've said in a previous thread, its super boring. It feels like it takes forever to finish, and I've only done it for 30min.
I'm not VeLOWcity, but... If you're doing HIIT right it should be almost impossible to do 30 minutes. It's too long to maintain that high intensity. 20 should be plenty. Only if you do lower intensity, you'll need to have the longer durations in order to get useful fat burning benefits.
Keep your body lean, your blood clean and your mind sharp. -Rollins
I forgot what your main goal was... You do not need to go for 40 minutes to tap into fat stores, but usually first 10 min you are not tapping into fat stores, just using what ever is in your bloodstream. I may have said 40 minutes, because its not too long, not too short. Wouldn't do cardio for more than an hour at a time.
If you are trying to build bulk and minimize the gain of body fat. First eat healthy and correctly, second do cardio at 60-80% of max hr for about 30-40 few days a week preferably in the AM. If you are just trying to lose body fat, High intensity is the way to go....Try different cardio machines too, and in a different order, try outdoor activities, biking, swimming, body wont become acustom to it if you keep changing it up. Im really tired right now, so if this doesnt make sense, its probably me, just let me know your questions and ill reply when im more awake.