We like our cardio like we like our BBQ cooked: low and slow. Yep, cardio doesn’t have to be a go-hard-or-go-home type of exercise, as demonstrated by LISS (or Low-Intensity Steady State training, if ya nasty). Below, we dive into the benefits of LISS and how to incorporate it into your workout routine.
LISS is basically the foil to HIIT. It still involves cardio, but it’s done at a low intensity. (The Kombucha Girl meme feels apt for that last sentence.) So, instead of short bursts of high-intensity cardio, it’s about doing lower-intensity, slower cardio for a longer period of time (usually between 30 and 60 minutes).
What are the benefits of LISS?
-It’s easier on your joints than HIIT
-It improves your heart health and circulation
-It improves your endurance
-It’s doable for all fitness levels
-It helps improve your posture
-It can help reduce muscle soreness
-It can help reduce stress
What activities count as LISS?
Lots of things! LISS is any low-endurance workout that gets your heart rate up to around 50-60 percent of your maximum heart rate. As we learned in our story about heart rate zone training, you should be able to easily have a conversation at this level.
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Every body is different, and it’s important to figure out what works for you. LISS can be a great way to add balance to a workout routine that’s heavy on intense cardio—try doing it on active recovery days, or even swap it in for some of your HIIT workouts. It’s also a great way for beginners to start working out.
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