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Achieving physical fitness doesn't always have to mean spending hours in the gym lifting heavy weights.
A Low-Intensity Sustained State (LISS) cardio exercise can be as essential at keeping you fit as a high-intensity workout.
Training - Experts - Daily - Mail - Online
Personal training experts told Daily Mail Online that walking, swimming, cycling and jogging for up to an hour can quiet your mind while strengthening your heart.
They suggest adding a light workout to your regular routine as it can still help build muscle on your days off from heavy lifting.
Fitness - Trend - Girl - Workout - Strength
While the fitness trend dubbed the 'lazy girl workout' doesn't build strength or muscle as high-intensity exercises do, light workouts do have overall health benefits that are equally as important.
Low-Intensity Sustained State is any form of low-intensity cardio exercise performed for a prolonged period of time - usually for up to an hour.
Type - Exercise - Keeps - Heart - Rate
This type of exercise keeps your heart rate consistent throughout the workout, promoting cardiovascular endurance.
Exercises can range from a light two-mile jog to swimming laps in the pool or going for an hour-long walk with your dog.
Opposite - High-Intensity - Interval - Training - HIIT
This is the opposite of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) that focuses on quick bursts of cardio followed by a rest period.
While many gym fanatics are focused on these high-intensity workouts to build muscle, personal trainer and owner of New York Personal Training Rui Li told Daily Mail Online that you need both in your routine.
Lot - Trainers - LISS - Body - Combination
'There are a lot of trainers who knock LISS, but if you’re focusing on dropping body fat you want a combination of the two,' she said.
Training at a lower intensity allows more oxygen to be available to your body and fat needs oxygen in order to be broken down.
Rui - LISS - Rest - Recovery - Days
That's why Rui suggests LISS on rest and recovery days.
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