5 Benefits of LISS Low Intensity Steady-State Workout

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There’s no secret shortcut for reaching your goals when it comes to getting fit and healthy. Proper nutrition and effective exercise are the recipes for success, whether you’d like to drop a few pounds, build more muscle or achieve a more dramatic, life-changing weight loss. Seems simple enough—but how do you determine which type of exercise is best for you?

For new exercisers just starting out on the path to fitness, LISS (Low-Intensity Steady State) workout is a safe, effective way to build cardiovascular endurance and even muscle strength. In fact, for beginners, LISS is really the only way to achieve a solid fitness foundation.

Unlike HIIT (high-intensity interval training), low-intensity steady state workout doesn’t involve rigorous training schedule for a short span of time. Rather it involves slow and continuous exertion of the body for a long duration of time. Walking, jogging, swimming, cycling, etc. all at relaxed levels comprises of low-intensity steady state workout. It is found to be quite beneficial in the long run as one doesn’t get exhausted easily. Hence low-intensity steady state workout can be done on a regular basis.

Let’s learn about the numerous benefits of low-intensity steady state workout:

1. Stress Reduction

Longer, lower-intensity workouts can help to reduce stress levels by forcing you to slow down, rather than trying to fit as much exertion as possible into a shorter amount of time.

2. Burning Calories

LISS Cardio burns calories! (Duh, I know) But the point here is, at times when you may not be doing any activity at all, because you are too tired to go intense or can’t seem to find the motivation, you will be better off by doing some form of LISS Cardio. (Doesn’t take much energy to do) LISS Cardio also helps you avoid the “burned out” feeling you get when training too many days in a row. Compared to sitting on the couch you are much better off doing Steady State Cardio!

3. It Is Great For Recovery

If you have had a few tough training sessions during the week, adding in another HIIT or resistance session may not be the best idea for your body. LISS can be a great way to still fit exercise in because it is low impact. This means that you are unlikely to impede your recovery by training over the top of sore muscles. LISS can actually help to increase blood flow to damaged muscles and reduce post-workout stiffness.

4. LISS Helps To Avoid Fatigue

This type of exercise, unlike high-intensity workout, doesn’t give much pressure to the central nervous system of the body. High-intensity workout strains the central nervous system leaving you feeling tired, and this hinders you from working more. On the other hand, low-intensity steady state workout gives you sufficient time to exercise and hence recover faster, thereby not letting you feel tired. This helps one to work out to one’s best potential and hence aids in weight loss.

5. Lower Cortisol Levels

Restorative activities, such as slow leisure walking and stretching, have been shown to reduce levels of cortisol, a stress-triggered hormone that can trigger retention of belly fat (also known as visceral fat).

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Photo by Eric Kane on Unsplash There's no secret shortcut for reaching your goals when it comes to getting fit and healthy. Proper nutrition and effective exercise are the recipes for success, whether you'd like to drop a few pounds, build more muscle or achieve a more dramatic, life-changing weight loss. Seems simple...
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